MEG-04 Aspects of Language Solved Assignment 2017-18



Programme: MEG (MA English)

Assignment Code: MEG-04/TMA/2017-18..




Programme: MEG

Assignment Code: MEG-04/TMA/2017-18

1 Write short notes on any two of the following:
i Theories of the Origin of Language
ii The Great Vowel Shift
iii Criteria for classification of consonants
iv The difference between simple, complex and compound words
2 Write in detail, giving examples whenever appropriate, on stress and rhythm of connected speech in English.
3 Describe  some  of  the  minor  processes  of  word  formation  in  English  and  theircontribution to the enrichment of the English word-store.

4. What is a standard language? Discuss in detail the process of language standardization. 20

5. Analyse the following extract of a poem by Tennyson using the tools given to you in

Block 9 of your Course.


Ring out, wild bells



Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,

The flying cloud, the frosty light:

The year is dying in the night;

Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.


Ring out the old, ring in the new,


Ring, happy bells, across the snow:

The year is going, let him go;

Ring out the false, ring in the true.


Ring out the grief that saps the mind

For those that here we see no more;

Ring out the feud of rich and poor,

Ring in redress to all mankind.


Ring out a slowly dying cause,

And ancient forms of party strife;

Ring in the nobler modes of life,

With sweeter manners, purer laws.


Ring out the want, the care, the sin,

The faithless coldness of the times;


Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,

But ring the fuller minstrel in.


Ring out false pride in place and blood,


The civic slander and the spite;

Ring in the love of truth and right,

Ring in the common love of good.


Ring out old shapes of foul disease;

Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;

Ring out the thousand wars of old,

Ring in the thousand years of peace.


Ring in the valiant man and free,

The larger heart, the kindlier hand;

Ring out the darkness of the land,

Ring in the Christ that is to be.




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