Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Language

1. a systematic means of communicating information, ideas, or feelings by the use of signs, sounds, gestures, or marks that have understood meanings.

2. a set of signs, sounds, gestures, or marks used to communicate information, ideas, or feelings.

3. the specific set of words and/or symbols used by a particular subset of the human population.

See faculty of language.

Cf. speech.

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