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linguistic process

Definitions of linguistic process
  1. noun
    a process involved in human language
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    agglutination
    the building of words from component morphemes that retain their form and meaning in the process of combining
    assimilation
    a linguistic process by which a sound becomes similar to an adjacent sound
    derivation
    (descriptive linguistics) the process whereby new words are formed from existing words or bases by affixation
    dissimilation
    a linguistic process by which one of two similar sounds in a word becomes less like the other
    drift
    a process of linguistic change over a period of time
    fusion
    the merging of adjacent sounds or syllables or words
    infection
    (phonetics) the alteration of a speech sound under the influence of a neighboring sound
    lexicalisation, lexicalization
    the process of making a word to express a concept
    metathesis
    a linguistic process of transposition of sounds or syllables within a word or words within a sentence
    deletion, omission
    any process whereby sounds or words are left out of spoken words or phrases
    synaeresis, syneresis
    the contraction of two vowels into a diphthong
    aphaeresis, apheresis
    (linguistics) omission at the beginning of a word as in `coon' for `raccoon' or `till' for `until'
    aphesis
    the gradual disappearance of an initial (usually unstressed) vowel or syllable as in `squire' for `esquire'
    eponymy
    the derivation of a general name from that of a famous person
    melioration
    the linguistic process in which over a period of time a word grows more positive in connotation or more elevated in meaning
    elision
    omission of a sound between two words (usually a vowel and the end of one word or the beginning of the next)
    eclipsis, ellipsis
    omission or suppression of parts of words or sentences
    syncretism
    the fusion of originally different inflected forms (resulting in a reduction in the use of inflections)
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    human process
    a process in which human beings are involved
  2. noun
    the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication
    synonyms: language
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    reading
    the cognitive process of understanding a written linguistic message
    speed-reading
    reading at speeds significantly faster than normal
    perusal, perusing, poring over, studying
    reading carefully with intent to remember
    browse, browsing
    reading superficially or at random
    skim, skimming
    reading or glancing through quickly
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    higher cognitive process
    cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use
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