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Linguistics is the study of language and how people use it.
They have no money, no home, no food, and no language skills.
slightly formal language
He was shocked at how crude their language was.
My kids have started using the foul language they hear on television.
In ordinary language, 'larceny' means 'stealing' or 'theft'.
a comparison between spoken and written language
Mrs Beeson did not normally use strong language, and certainly not in public.
There is a legacy of African languages in many parts of the Caribbean.
English and French are the official languages of Canada.
An announcer spoke a language Richard had never heard before.
the language of dance
the language of mathematics
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a plant whose leaves are used in cooking. Marjoram is a herb.
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