lin·​guis·​tic | \ liŋ-ˈgwi-stik How to pronounce linguistic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly linguistical \ liŋ-​ˈgwi-​sti-​kəl How to pronounce linguistical (audio) \

Definition of linguistic

: of or relating to language or linguistics linguistic scholars linguistic changes

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linguistically \ liŋ-​ˈgwi-​sti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce linguistically (audio) \ adverb

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the age at which children begin to acquire linguistic skills
Recent Examples on the Web In 2007 researchers compared two dozen linguistic features to nearly 1,000 gene variants in 49 populations around the world. Rachel Nuwer, Scientific American, "A Gene May Help Discern Language Tone Differences: Is It Shí or Shì?," 23 June 2020 Meanwhile, the government’s chief epidemiologist, Jurijs Perevoscikovs, is a Russian speaker – putting Latvia’s two top health experts on different sides of the linguistic divide. Gordon F. Sander, The Christian Science Monitor, "‘The pandemic has united us’: A media divide fades in the Baltics," 18 June 2020 People deserve full linguistic access to more than just Covid PSAs. Gretchen Mcculloch, Wired, "Covid-19 Is History’s Biggest Translation Challenge," 31 May 2020 Recently the queen of Spokane Salish’s cultural and linguistic memory, Pauline Flett, died at 93. The Economist, "Spokane spoken here How the pandemic threatens Native Americans—and their languages," 19 May 2020 The new film is the 14th in a series produced by North Carolina State University’s , which celebrates the linguistic diversity of the United States and examines how people use language to define themselves. Washington Post, "How America developed two sign languages — one white, one black," 21 Feb. 2020 Some members speak English and there is an ample mount of English in your songs, but linguistic differences always affect things, so was it at all difficult? Tamar Herman, Billboard, "Stray Kids Aim to Reach A Global Audience with Relatable Take on K-pop: 'Stray is Okay'," 14 Feb. 2020 Making sense of strange groupings of words requires an agile form of listening—one that can bridge ambiguity and keep pace with a poet’s linguistic leaps. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, "The best way to start your work day: Read a poem," 13 Feb. 2020 What was filming in Taiwan like — logistically, in terms of navigating linguistic and cultural differences, and also for you personally and emotionally? Rebecca Sun, The Hollywood Reporter, "Alan Yang: 'Tigertail' Is "A Metaphor for How Immigrants Feel When They Come to This Country"," 10 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of linguistic

1825, in the meaning defined above

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26 Jun 2020

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“Linguistic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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: of or relating to language or linguistics

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