Monday, September 26, 2011

Random Linguistics Definitions Beginning with the Letter "B"

B = Bayt (Arabic)
Bayt = House

bahuvrihi In grammar, a Sanskrit term describing a type of compound in which an entity is characterized without either of the constituents directly naming it; also called an exocentric or possessive compound. Examples include loudmouth (a person 'whose mouth speaks loudly') and scarecrow (an object whose job it is to 'scare crows').

broad A term used in the classification of types of phonetic transcription. A 'broad' transcription is less detailed than a 'narrow' description.

Definitions from: A Dictionary of Linguistics and Phonetics, Sixth edition, 2008
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