CET4 TEM4 考 研 CET6
- language:  Like English tongue, Latin lingua ‘tongue’ was used figuratively for ‘language’; from it English gets linguist  and linguistic . In the Vulgar Latin spoken by the inhabitants of Gaul, the derivative *linguāticum emerged, and this became in due course Old French langage, source of English language. (The u in the English word, which goes back to the end of the 13th century, is due to association with French langue ‘tongue’.)
- language (n.)
- late 13c., langage "words, what is said, conversation, talk," from Old French langage (12c.), from Vulgar Latin *linguaticum, from Latin lingua "tongue," also "speech, language" (see lingual). The form with -u- developed in Anglo-French. Meaning "a language" is from c. 1300, also used in Middle English of dialects:
Mercii, þat beeþ men of myddel Engelond[,] vnderstondeþ bettre þe side langages, norþerne and souþerne, þan norþerne and souþerne vnderstondeþ eiþer oþer. [John of Trevisa, translation of Bartholomew de Glanville's "De proprietatibus rerum," 1398]
Language barrier attested from 1933.
In oþir inglis was it drawin, And turnid ic haue it til ur awin Language of the norþin lede, Þat can na noþir inglis rede. ["Cursor Mundi," early 14c.]
- 1. The Ukrainians speak a Slavonic language similar to Russian.
- 2. The language of Darwin was intelligible to experts and non-experts alike.
- 3. His misunderstanding of language was the primary cause of his other problems.
- 4. We were forbidden, under pain of imprisonment, to use our native language.
- 5. All cheques should be made out to "EF International Language Schools"
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