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- noun A group of speakers, whether located in one area or scattered, who recognize the same language or dialect of a language as a standard.
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- noun linguistics A group of people sharing a language, or a particular way of using that language
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- noun people sharing a given language or dialect
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Probable calque of the German Sprachgemeinschaft.
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