What is speaking?

  • (adj): Capable of or involving speech or speaking.
    Example: "Human beings--the speaking animals"; "a speaking part in the play"
    See also — Additional definitions below


In sociolinguistics, Espiquin or the Espiquin model, is a model socio-linguistic study (represented as a mnemonic) developed by Dell Hymes. It is a tool to assist the identification and labeling of components of linguistic interaction that was driven by his view that, in order to speak a language correctly, one needs not only to learn its vocabulary and grammar, but also the context in which words are used.

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Members Of The European Parliament For Belgium 1999–2004
... party European affiliation Anne André-Léonard French-speaking PRL European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party Ward Beysen Dutch-speaking VLD Non-Inscrits Philip ... Lannoye French-speaking Ecolo Greens-EFA Nelly Maes Dutch-speaking VU / Spirit Greens-EFA Frédérique Ries French-speaking PRL European Liberal, Democrat and Reform Party ...
Welsh Not
... early 20th century to dissuade children from speaking Welsh ... The "not" was given to any child overheard speaking Welsh, who would pass it to a different child if they were overheard speaking Welsh ... The idea of the "not" was to discourage pupils from speaking Welsh, at a time when English was considered by some to be the only suitable medium of instruction ...
... GE stands for Gheg living in the north of Albanian lands (Northern Albania) and speaking the Gheg Dialect, TO for Tosk living in the south and speaking the ... and speaking varieties of Albanian like Arbëresh and Arvanitika ...
Cypher (comics) - Other Versions - Age of X
... and Ramsey forged some sort of emotional bond with her by speaking to her in the Navajo tongue ... Survivors of the incident reported seeing Ramsey "speaking in tongues" ... Moments after Ramsey began speaking in an indecipherable, the Exonim units turned on each other, discharging all their weapons in a three-second exchange of fire which caused a forty-m ...
Graius - History - Modern
... While most Greeks today are descended from Greek-speaking Romioi there are sizeable groups of ethnic Greeks who trace their descent to Aromanian-speaking ...

More definitions of "speaking":

  • (adj): Capable of speech.
    Example: "The speaking animal"
    Synonyms: speech-endowed

Famous quotes containing the word speaking:

    I entered into their ceremonies. I pretended I was possessed by their gods.... The drums, the chanting, the lights. I heard a voice speaking in the sudden silence. My voice. I was speaking to the houngan. I was possessed.
    Curtis Siodmak (1902–1988)

    As I confronted her, the changes grew less apparent to me, her identity stronger. She was there, in the full vigour of her personality, battered but not diminished, looking at me, speaking to me in the husky, breathy voice I remembered so well.
    Willa Cather (1873–1947)

    One concept corrupts and confuses the others. I am not speaking of the Evil whose limited sphere is ethics; I am speaking of the infinite.
    Jorge Luis Borges (1899–1986)