Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Utterance

Utterance
  1. An utterance is a natural unit of speech bounded by breaths or pauses.
  2. An utterance is a complete unit of talk, bounded by the speaker's silence.

Utterance does not have a precise linguistic definition. Phonetically an utterance is a unit of speech bounded by silence. In dialogue, each turn by a speaker may be considered an utterance.

Linguists sometimes use utterance to simply refer to a unit of speech under study. The corresponding unit in written language is text .

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Source: Pei and Gaynor 1954

Pei, Mario A., and Frank Gaynor. 1954.A dictionary of linguistics. New York: Philosophical Library.

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Source: Crystal 1991

Crystal, David. 1991.A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. 3rd edition. Cambridge, MA: Basil Blackwell.

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Source: Crystal 1985

Crystal, David. 1985.A dictionary of linguistics and phonetics. 2nd edition. New York: Basil Blackwell.

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Source: Aronoff and Rees-Miller 2001

Aronoff, Mark and Janie Rees-Miller (editors). 2001.The handbook of linguistics. Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics. Oxford: Blackwell. xvi–823.

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