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#48013 11/17/01 10:32 PM
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this is one that really applies here:

[Ger., f. sprache speech + gefühl feeling.]
The intuitive feeling of a speaker for the essential character of a language; linguistic instinct. Also loosely, the character or genius of a language.
1938 E. Partridge World of Words ii. vi. 163 The Sprachgefühl, feeling for speech, exercises a pervasive influence in a language so long cultivated as English. 1953 K. H. Jackson Lang. & Hist. in Early Britain 682 It may be thought that the language was in some way committed by its Sprachgefühl to a penultimate accent. 1976 Amer. Speech 1973 XLVIII. 224 Whether this development is associated with the loss of sprachgefühl in a community where the use of a language is declining is a possibility to be considered.



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This one's for you, tsuwm, if you haven't already read it:

http://www.findarticles.com/cf_0/m1111/1811_302/72732951/print.jhtml


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this is great stuff -- there's enough material in there for a monthful of threads.


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It would take me more than a month to read it. And another month to decide which one to post about.



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