from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The speech of an individual, considered as a linguistic pattern unique among speakers of his or her language or dialect.
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- n. The language variant used by a specific individual.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. the language or speech of one individual at a particular period in life.
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- n. the language or speech of one individual at a particular period in life
Experts have tried putting a figure on it, and there have been various groupings going from six to 16, but you can carry on sub-dividing that down until you get to what serious students of this subject refer to as the idiolect.
"idiolect" -- the vehicle of thought unique to each person, the basic layer.
"The notion of 'idiolect' therefore, must be as preoccupied with derivation and idiosynchratic patterns of influence as it is with individuality."
When I was talking about sentential hopefully, I said that hopefully meaning “in a hopeful manner” had pretty much fallen out of my idiolect.
And @idiolect - anxiety can definitely be a clinical problem but as I read it here, I think there is a correlation to weight.
May 9, 2009 4: 08 PM asseenontv replied to idiolect
May 9, 2009 3: 40 PM idiolect replied to asseenontv
May 9, 2009 12: 11 PM dormouse replied to idiolect
May 9, 2009 1: 10 PM asseenontv replied to idiolect
In my idiolect, “despite” and “in spite of” are always interchangeable when the intent is to indicate that what follows is in seeming contradiction to what might be expected.