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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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After the hearing loss is identified, technological assistance and/or added speech training are hard pressed to compensate for a profound inability to fully access spoken language.
The answer is that there are no full stops in spoken language, only pauses, which in transcripts we mark like this (.
Speech markets software for testing and improving spoken language skills for non-native speakers.
Imagine how hard it is for deaf people to learn the printed words of a spoken language when they have never heard any of these sounds," said Valerie Sutton, creator and director of SignBank and inventor of SignWriting.
Ordinate offers an automated method for evaluating spoken language proficiency based on voice recognition technology for educational, commercial and governmental organizations.
These findings are corroborated in a study by Adams and Gathercole (1996) who use the Bus Story measures in conjunction with others to assess the relationship between phonological working memory and spoken language in normally developing children aged 5.
Curator Matthew Higgs's exhibition notes explain how a prenatal condition left the artist with a form of "neurological damage" that contributed to his "complex relationship with written and spoken language.
The Spoken Language Translation Research Laboratories at ATR recently demonstrated a system that shows a lot of promise.
The Code defines "disability" at Section 10(1) of the Code, and includes such items as physical disability, a condition of mental impairment or a developmental disability, a learning disability or a dysfunction in one or more of the processes involved in understanding or using symbols or spoken language, a mental disorder, or an injury or disability for which benefits were claimed or received under the insurance plan established under the Workplace Safety and Insurance Act, 1997.
the vitality of many of the Aboriginal languages spoken by two of the three main Aboriginal groups--North American Indian and Metis--in non-reserve areas declined between 1996 and 2001; however, Inuktitut continues as the spoken language of many Inuit and one of the healthiest Aboriginal languages in the country.
Once again, there is a meaningful similarity between spoken language and performed music.
The start of this book about spoken language deals with the basics of the subject.