Chapter 5 Key Terms - Key terms daughter languages...

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Key terms daughter languages    Languages developing out of the same parent language; for example, French and Spanish  are daughter languages of Latin. diglossia    The existence of high (formal) and low (familial) dialects of a single language, such as  German. focal vocabulary    A set of words and distinctions that are particularly important to certain groups (those with  particular foci of experience or activity), such as types of snow to Eskimos or skiers. historical linguistics    Subdivision of linguistics that studies languages over time. kinesics    The study of communication through body movements, stances, gestures, and facial  expressions. lexicon    Vocabulary; a dictionary containing all the morphemes in a language and their meaning. morphology    The study of form; used in linguistics (the study of morphemes and word construction) and  for form in general for example, biomorphology relates to physical form.
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  • Spring '08
  • HARPER
  • daughter languages, Significant sound contrast

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