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spoken language

The 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.

Spoken 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.

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Caption: SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT: The use of sign language will not delay or prevent the development of spoken language. In fact, it has been shown that the use of sign language can enhance the development of speech and language.
The results of the study suggested that the brain regions that process syntax aren't limited to spoken language, according to Charles Limb, M.D., an associate professor in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
This practical resource brings together current information on auditory and spoken language development from infancy to adolescence, and it will be a valuable addition to the library of practicing clinicians, students, and teachers in the field of audiologic rehabilitation.
All Talk is a free multimodal resource for learning about spoken language and interaction in everyday life.
Measures of spoken language comprehension and expression were monitored over time for both groups.
Jibbigo users can now translate spoken language between English and Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, German, French, Korean, Iraqi Arabic and Tagalog (Filipino).
Autonomy says the new module will enable a multilingual call center to automatically identify the spoken language and route calls to the relevant agent and media professionals to categorize media files by the language spoken in them.
There's a gap between reading authentic Latin texts and a class that teaches Latin as a spoken language. "Ovid: A Legamus Transitional Reader" seeks to bridge that gap with material to help students understand the grammar and language used in these ancient texts, complete with a vocabulary practice and assistance.
This semester, the University of Pittsburgh is offering a course in Xhosa, the second most widely spoken language in South Africa, through its linguistics and African studies departments.
The articulators in spoken language, the speech organs, jointly produce single speech units, the phonemes, from which morphemes and words are built.
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