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EN[ˈlæŋɡwɪdʒ] [ˈleɪŋɡwɪdʒ]
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  • Language is the ability to acquire and use complex systems of communication, particularly the human ability to do so, and a language is any specific example of such a system. The scientific study of language is called linguistics.
  • Questions concerning the philosophy of language, such as whether words can represent experience, have been debated since Gorgias and Plato in Ancient Greece.
  • Estimates of the number of languages in the world vary between 5,000 and 7,000. However, any precise estimate depends on a partly arbitrary distinction between languages and dialects.
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    Definition of language in English Dictionary

  • NounPLlanguagesSUF-age
    1. NC A body of words, and set of methods of combining them (called a grammar), understood by a community and used as a form of communication.
      1. The English language and the German language are related. ‎
      2. Deaf and mute people communicate using languages like ASL. ‎
    2. NU The ability to communicate using words.
      1. the gift of language
    3. NU The vocabulary and usage of a particular specialist field.
      1. legal language;   the language of chemistry ‎
    4. NC NU The expression of thought (the communication of meaning) in a specified way.
      1. body language;   the language of the eyes ‎
    5. NC NU A body of sounds, signs and/or signals by which animals communicate, and by which plants are sometimes also thought to communicate.
      1. (computing) NC A computer language; a machine language.
        1. NU Manner of expression.
          1. NU The particular words used in a speech or a passage of text.
            1. The language used in the law does not permit any other interpretation. ‎
            2. The language he used to talk to me was obscene. ‎
          2. NU Profanity.
            1. "Where the hell is Horace?" ¶ "There he is. He's coming. You shouldn't use language."
          3. A languet, a flat plate in or below the flue pipe of an organ.
          4. VerbSGlanguagesPRlanguagingPT, PPlanguaged
            1. (rare, now nonstandard) To communicate by language; to express in language.
            2. More Examples
              1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
                • I am inventing a language which must necessarily burst forth from a very new poetics, that could be defined in a couple of words: Paint, not the thing, but the effect it produces. - Stéphane Mallarmé
                • A weakly-typed language will most possibly not generate an error or refuse to compile, if the argument passed to a function does not match the expected type closely.
                • Most languages have names for the colours black, white, red, and green. ‎
              2. Used in the Beginning of Sentence
                • Language learners sometimes use periphrases like "did go" where a native speaker would use "went".
              3. Used in the Ending of Sentence
                • Based on the representation of WPGs, an effective algorithm for determining the new reconstructibility of BCNs is designed with the help of the theories of finite automata and formal languages.
                • The most well-documented case of xenoglossy, however, concerned Swiss Medium Hélène Smith (1861-1929), who falsely claimed to speak the Martian language.
                • Manx is the linguonym of the Isle of Man's native language.
            • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
              1. Nouns
                • Countable nouns
                  • Singularia tantum
                    • Uncountable nouns
                  • Verbs
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                  Grammatically, this word "language" is a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum. It's also a verb.
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