One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Existing, occurring, or originating before the acquisition of speech or the development of language.
2Located in front of the tongue; (of a speech sound) articulated using the front of the tongue. Also as noun: a prelingual speech sound (rare).
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Fitzedward Hall (1825–1901), oriental scholar and philologist. From pre- + lingual.
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