speech community
noun Date: 1894 a group of people sharing characteristic patterns of vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Speech community — is a concept in sociolinguistics that describes a more or less discrete group of people who use language in a unique and mutually accepted way among themselves.Speech communities can be members of a profession with a specialized jargon, distinct… …   Wikipedia

  • speech community — n. all the people speaking a particular language or dialect, whether in a single geographical area or dispersed throughout various regions …   English World dictionary

  • speech community — noun people sharing a given language or dialect • Hypernyms: ↑community * * * ˈspeech community 8 [speech community] noun all the people who speak a particular language or variety of a language • the Kodava speech community in India …   Useful english dictionary

  • speech community — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms speech community : singular speech community plural speech communities all the people who speak a particular language, even if they live in many different parts of the world …   English dictionary

  • speech community — speech com,munity noun count all the people who speak a particular language, even if they live in many different parts of the world …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • speech community — speech′ commu nity n. ling. the aggregate of all the people who use a given language or dialect • Etymology: 1930–35 …   From formal English to slang

  • speech community — /ˈspitʃ kəmjunəti/ (say speech kuhmyoohnuhtee) noun 1. the aggregate of all the people who use a given language or dialect. 2. a group of people geographically distributed so that there is no break in intelligibility from place to place …   Australian English dictionary

  • speech community — Ling. 1. the aggregate of all the people who use a given language or dialect. 2. a group of people geographically distributed so that there is no break in intelligibility from place to place. [1930 35] * * * …   Universalium

  • speech community — noun A group of people sharing a language, or a particular way of using that language …   Wiktionary

  • speech community — noun a group of people sharing a common language or dialect …   English new terms dictionary

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