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speech community


Definitions from WordNet

Noun speech community has 1 sense
  1. speech community - people sharing a given language or dialect
    --1 is a kind of

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Speech Community

A speech community refers to a group of people who share a common language variety or dialect, and who interact and communicate with each other using similar linguistic patterns.

Senses and Usages:

1. Popular Sense:

In a popular sense, a speech community identifies and encompasses individuals who live in a particular geographical area and communicate using a specific language or dialect.

Example sentence: The speech community in the small town of X is known for their distinctive accent.

2. Local Sense:

In a local sense, a speech community refers to a group of individuals who share a common language variety or dialect within a particular professional or social context.

Example sentence: The medical speech community uses specialized terminology to communicate among healthcare professionals.

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