sublanguage

noun sub·lan·guage \ ˌsəb-ˈlaŋ-gwij , -wij \
variants: or sub-language
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of sublanguage

plural sublanguages or sub-languages
: a subvariety of a language; especially : the dialect or jargon spoken by a particular group
  • Sublanguage is a variety of language used in a particular field or by a particular professional group and characterized especially by distinctive vocabulary.
  • —Marina I. Solnyshkina
  • Examples of sublanguage include computer jargon and medical terminology …
  • Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science
  • Jargon starts out as a simple technical sublanguage: users devise abbreviations and acronyms that help speed up processes. It also helps reinforce group solidarity …
  • —Baden Eunson

First Known Use of sublanguage

1940


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