idioglossia


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idioglossia

 [id″e-o-glos´e-ah]
imperfect articulation, with utterance of meaningless vocal sounds. adj., adj idioglot´tic.

id·i·o·glos·si·a

(id'ē-ō-glos'ē-ă),
An extreme form of lalling or vowel or consonant substitution, by which the speech of a child may be made unintelligible and appear to be another language to one who does not have the key to the literal changes.
[idio- + G. glōssa, tongue, speech]

idioglossia

/id·io·glos·sia/ (id″e-o-glos´e-ah) extremely defective articulation, with the utterance of virtually unintelligible vocal sounds.idioglot´tic

id·i·o·glos·si·a

(id'ē-ō-glos'ē-ă)
1. A unique spoken language invented by a person, differing markedly from normal speech and for the most part unintelligible to listeners, so that it is not a useful form of communication; usually a sign of psychosis or mental retardation. 2. A type of spoken communication developed by and used between twins.
Synonym(s): idiolalia.
[idio- + G. glōssa, tongue, speech]
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36) In Bend Sinister Nabokov makes a deliberate and very successful attempt at reproducing Joyce's idioglossia, more precisely, the well-known river speech of the novel: "Lithe, lithping, thin-lipped Ophelia, Amleth's wet dream, a mermaid of Lethe" (114).
In Prisoner's Dilemma the chief attempt was that idioglossia, the secret argot of Hobsonspeak.