Definitions

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  • noun Language viewed as a system including vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation of a particular community.

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  • noun linguistics Language as a system rather than language in use, including the formal rules, structures, and limitations of language.

Etymologies

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[French, from Old French; see language.]

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French

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  • Language viewed abstractly as a system of forms and conventions used for communication in a community. The knowledge that enables a person to speak and understand a language.

    October 31, 2007