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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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Put differently, given an idiolectal approach, we should not assume that metaphoricity anywhere means metaphoricity everywhere.
In particular, his proposal for register to be recognised as fundamentally to do with an individual's idiolectal variation seems to go against the grain of established usage, and is unlikely to catch on.
To further explore the use of idiolectal characteristics of speakers in speaker recognition, a new extended data one-speaker detection task was included in this year's evaluation.
We might, in reading an eighteenth-century text, Hirsch points out, interpret the word 'wit' in a sense based on evidence from the wider eighteenth-century field; but such evidence must yield to more delimited evidence, evidence, for example, that the author of this text regularly uses the word in a different, idiolectal, sense.