Definition of prelinguistic in English:



  • Of or at a stage before the development of language (by the human species) or the acquisition of speech (by a child)

    • ‘These results are important in that they show clear evidence of continuity from prelinguistic language skills to later language skills.’
    • ‘And you can test it in context directly - by seeing whether children's prelinguistic babbling has a higher frequency of native-language sounds than of foreign ones.’
    • ‘A lot of people have asked me if I am trying to make a prelinguistic sort of work by erasing text.’
    • ‘Talk of sensing sense-data is derived from familiar talk about sensations: headaches, tickles, itches, and so on, the kind of awareness or consciousness we share with animals and prelinguistic infants.’
    • ‘The focus has been on the earliest years, including the prelinguistic period of the first year.’
    • ‘This discontinuity opens the possibility of exploring the impossible, the little boy's prelinguistic consciousness.’
    • ‘The interrelatedness of language and social understanding becomes more obvious when we look back at early forms of communication in infancy, sometimes referred to as prelinguistic, and clearly before we can properly talk about syntax.’
    • ‘Poor prelinguistic behaviour, such as poor visual responsiveness and failure to respond to elementary tests, are signals that should alert the doctor to potential speech or language delay.’
    • ‘The aim of this paper is to consider the importance of a prelinguistic stage in the idea of language Deleuze outlines in his cinema books.’