spoken language(redirected from Oral language)
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spoken languageThe language one speaks or reads; for example, English or Swedish. Contrast with computer languages such as programming language, machine language, command language, fourth-generation language and markup language.
(Russian, ustnaia rech’), speech (in the broadest sense of the term) in oral form, in contradistinction to written form (see). Any text expressed in any form of the language of an ethnic speech community or in any of the literary language’s functional styles can be communicated orally. Spoken language is, characteristically, unrehearsed, spontaneous, and flowing. These features of spoken language are most evident not in the oral reproduction of written texts but in the everyday speech of those who use the literary language. Some researchers use the term “colloquial spoken variant” to refer to the literary language in its oral form. In public speaking, the emphasis on a particular functional style restricts the manifestation of those features that normally characterize spoken language. Communication in dialect, jargon, and popular language (prostorechie) is usually in spoken form.