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pre- +‎ linguistic


prelinguistic (not comparable)

  1. Preceding the use of true language
    • 2009, January 11, “William Safire”, in Haircut[1]:
      Look, you know, a grunted uh, I mean — which is what I use to fill up a silence to show I'm conscious while I'm groping for a word — is, like, prelinguistic language.
    • 2013, Alison Wray, ‎Aileen Bloomer, Projects in Linguistics and Language Studies, Third Edition (page 35)
      Video a prelinguistic child with its mother. Show the recording to the mother and ask her which of the baby's noises and gestures she believes are intentional communication.

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