literary language

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literary language (uncountable)

  1. (literature) A register of a language that is used in literary writing.
  2. (sociolinguistics) A supraregional idiom; the language variety used as an institutionalized norm in a community; standard language, literary standard.[1]

Usage notes[edit]

  • The "standard language" sense is primarily used with respect to the Slavic languages.[1] It is likely a direct translation of the Eastern European linguistic term.



  1. 1.0 1.1 Keith Langston; Anita Peti-Stantić (2014) Language Planning and National Identity in Croatia (Palgrave Studies in Minority Languages and Communities)‎[1], Springer, →ISBN, pages 26