focal area

noun

Definition of focal area

: a region whose characteristic speech features are imitated in neighboring regions : a center from which linguistic changes spread — compare graded area, relic area

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“Focal area.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/focal%20area. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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