idioglossia

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idioglossia

[‚id·ē·ə′gläs·ē·ə]
(psychology)
Speech or other vocalizations unique to an individual and generally incomprehensible to others; may be normal, as during childhood development, or representative of a pathological process.
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Danielle, who works for an insurance firm, added: "They love a dance, they love a good babble in their "twin language" over the cot barriers."
Although at first the lexicon of a twin language appears to be idiosyncratic, closer investigation has in each documented case revealed that the lexicon is heavily parasitic on the language(s) spoken in the twins' community.
Relying on Bakker's (1987) study, he identifies two distinct processes in twin languages, a lexical process that phonetically transforms existing items from the environment, and a grammatical process showing similarities to Bickerton's "bioprogram".