Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 560 (Language)

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#560. Language. -- N. language; phraseology &c. 569; speech &c. 582; tongue, lingo, vernacular; mother tongue, vulgar tongue, native tongue; household words; King's English, Queen's English; dialect &c. 563.

confusion of tongues, Babel, pasigraphie[obs]; pantomime &c. (signs) 550; onomatopoeia; betacism[obs], mimmation, myatism[obs], nunnation[obs]; pasigraphy[obs].

lexicology, philology, glossology[obs], glottology[obs]; linguistics, chrestomathy[obs]; paleology[obs], paleography; comparative grammar.

literature, letters, polite literature, belles lettres[Fr], muses, humanities, literae humaniores[Lat], republic of letters, dead languages, classics; genius of language; scholarship &c. (scholar) 492.

V. express by words &c. 566.

Adj. lingual, linguistic; dialectic; vernacular, current; bilingual; diglot[obs], hexaglot[obs], polyglot; literary.

Phr. "syllables govern the world" [Selden].