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lingual or language

Postby Elenita » Thu Dec 09, 2010 12:47 pm

Hi.
Is it possible to use the word lingual to define something related to language? For example, Lingual University or Lingual Support Department.
Thank you.

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Re: lingual or language

Postby Josef » Fri Dec 10, 2010 7:05 pm

Elenita wrote:Is it possible to use the word lingual to define something related to language?

That is the very definition of "lingual".

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Re: lingual or language

Postby dichanana » Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:43 am

Hi Elenita,

Lingual literally means "of or relating to tongue." There is also linguistic, which means relating to languages.

That said, your actual choice will also depend on convention - for instance you usually call university departments "department of languages" or "linguistics department." I've never really seen anyone use "lingual" in favor of "linguistic."

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Re: lingual or language

Postby Josef » Wed Dec 22, 2010 6:58 am

dichanana wrote:Lingual literally means "of or relating to tongue." There is also linguistic, which means relating to languages.

I agree with dichanana. Lingual does mean "of or relating to the tongue"; but it also means "of or relating to language or linguistics". Both lingual and linguistic derive from the Latin "lingua" meaning "tongue" and "speech".
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/lingual

dichanana wrote:That said, your actual choice will also depend on convention - for instance you usually call university departments "department of languages" or "linguistics department." I've never really seen anyone use "lingual" in favor of "linguistic."

I suspect that Lingual Institute (albeit a business) would have something to say about that :mrgreen: http://www.lingualinstitute.com/


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