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  1. An idiolect is the distinctive speech of an individual, a linguistic pattern regarded as unique among speakers of a person's language or dialect. But it is even more granular, more narrow than just all the speakers of a particular dialect.

  2. Introduction. “Idiolect” refers to an individual’s unique variety and/or use of language, from the level of the phoneme to the level of discourse. This meaning is reflected in the etymology of the word: the two morphemes idio - and - lect. Idio - is of Greek origin, and means “own, personal, private, peculiar, separate and distinct,” while - lect refers to a “social variety of a language.”.

  3. An idiolect is the dialect of an individual person at one time. This term implies an awareness that no two persons speak in exactly the same way and that each person’s dialect is constantly undergoing change—e.g., by the introduction of newly acquired words.

  4. Idiolect (Language) An idiolect is the distinctive speech of an individual, a linguistic pattern regarded as unique among speakers of a person’s language or dialect. But it is even more granular, more narrow than just all the speakers of a particular dialect.

  5. Idiolects. First published Mon Nov 15, 2004; substantive revision Sat Mar 27, 2021. For the purposes of this entry an idiolect is a language the linguistic (i. e. syntactic, phonological, referential, etc.) properties of which can be exhaustively specified in terms of the intrinsic properties of some single individual, the person whose idiolect it is.

  6. The Definition Of Idiolect. An idiolect is the specific way that a single person speaks. This includes a person vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation and anything else that affects the way words come out of their mouth.

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