panlingual

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

pan- +‎ lingual

Adjective[edit]

panlingual (not comparable)

  1. Involving or encompassing all languages
    • 1998, Jonathan Gil Harris, Foreign bodies and the body politic, page 112:
      On the other hand, however, Lingua's scholarly audience could have responded to this ostentatious parade of panlingual skill as a confirmation of their own erudition.
    • 2005, Marc Shell, Stutter, page 51:
      [] it is not interlingual translation that betrays the stutterer; it is, rather, panlingual stuttering.
    • 2007, Stephen Henigan, A Grave in the Air, page 32:
      We spoke in a private panlingual gibberish. We were not German or European or English or Canadian; we were flesh detached from time and place.

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