langue

noun \ ˈläⁿg \

Definition of langue

:language viewed abstractly as a system of forms and conventions used for communication in a community; also :competence 3 — compare parole

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In lectures delivered at the University of Geneva from 1907 to 1913, Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure set forth his groundbreaking distinction between "langue" - the systematic, structured language existing at a given time within a given society - and "parole," the individual use of that language by a person. In French, "langue" literally means "language." It was adopted into Middle English with that same general meaning but fell into disuse. "Parole" is also a French word; it means "speech" and is related to Late Latin parabola, the base of our English word parable.

Origin and Etymology of langue

French, literally, language


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