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Of of pertaining to any method of human communication, either spoken or written, consisting of the use of words in a structured and conventional way, whether united in a system specific to a country or region.

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Language; Terminology

The set of forms belonging to a particular word-class or member of a word-class. A paradigm can be thought of as a vertical list of forms which can occupy a slot in a syntagm. ...

lay speaker

Language; Terminology

A general term to refer to an individual who does not possess linguistic training and who can be taken to be largely unaware of the structure of language.


Language; Terminology

A reference to a type of linguistic analysis which relies heavily on the formulation of rules for the exhaustive description (generation) of the sentences of a language.

general linguistics

Language; Terminology

A broad term for investigations which are concerned with the nature of language, procedures of linguistic analysis, etc. without considering to what use these can be put. It ...


Language; Terminology

Any use of a word in a non-literal sense, e.g. at the foot of the mountain where foot is employed figuratively to indicate the bottom of the mountain.


Language; Terminology

An adjective referring to linguistic analysis which lay emphasis on relatively abstract conceptions of language structure.


Language; Terminology

Several minimal features in a person's voice.