Idiolect

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Idiolect

 

(also called individual language), the linguistic habits of a given individual in a particular time period. Such linguistic phenomena as the various speech communities— professional, social, and territorial dialects and jargons—are formed on the basis of the aggregate of idiolects unified by a relationship of mutual comprehension. The idiolect is a conventional concept, since the same person, as a rule, uses different linguistic means in different situations of communication. Researchers in logopedics are investigating the individual idiolects of aphasiacs.

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But I took them for answers which would have made Big Maxie's appeal to emotion an idiolectic quirk -- an unusual and wholly personal habit of speech
The speculative model we are building must include all three components of the act of reading: One, language, or rather, the sociolect, that is, language not just as lexicon and grammar, but also as the repository of the myths and stereotypes with which a society organizes and allegorizes a consensus of its members about what they imaging reality to be; two, the idiolect, that is, the special usage to which the text puts the sociolect; three, the reader who actualizes in his mind the contact or conflict between the two, recognizing the sociolect under the idiolectic manipulation of it, making judgments as to the value of such transformations, interpreting their effects, and eventually rationalizing them as signs of intention, of the presence of the artist.