extralinguistic

adjective

ex·​tra·​lin·​guis·​tic ˌek-strə-liŋ-ˈgwi-stik How to pronounce extralinguistic (audio)
: lying outside the province of linguistics
extralinguistically adverb

Examples of extralinguistic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This might involve seeking to address prelinguistic or extralinguistic experience—whether sensory or abstract—and finding ways to articulate that experience using words while relying, as much as possible, on structural or phonic elements that transcend the conventional meanings of those words. Claire Messud, The New York Review of Books, 17 Nov. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1927, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of extralinguistic was in 1927

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“Extralinguistic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/extralinguistic. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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