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Random Linguistics Definitions Beginning with the Letter "U"

Umgangssprache German for 'colloquial language'. 'unfilled pause' An interval of silence in speech: i.e. a pause not 'filled' by a hesitation form. uvular Articulated with the back of the tongue against or approximated to the fleshy appendage (or uvula) at the back of the soft palate. E.g. the 'r' in French is variously a uvular trill or, more usually, a uvular fricative.
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Random Linguistics Definitions Beginning with the Letter "L"

Academics / Linguistics : A Walk in the Words (3 years ago)

langage A French term introduced by Ferdinand de Saussure to refer to the human biological faculty of speech. It is distinguished in his approach from langue, the language system of a speech community. listeme A term occasionally us... Read Post

UM / UH in German

Academics / Linguistics : Language Log (2 days ago)

We've previously observed a surprisingly consistent pattern of age and gender effects on the relative frequency of filled pauses (or "hesitation sounds") with and without final nasals — what we usually write as "um" and "uh" in Amer... Read Post

Random Linguistics Definitions Beginning with the Letter "F"

Academics / Linguistics : A Walk in the Words (3 years ago)

F = Waw (Semitic) Waw = Hook false friends In comparative linguistics, a term describing words in different languages which resemble each other in form, but which express different meanings; also called false cognates, and often kno... Read Post


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