diglossia(redirected from Diglossieverhältnis)
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The use of two markedly different varieties of a language in different social situations, such as a formal variety at work and an informal variety at home.
[From Greek diglōssos, speaking two languages : di-, two; see di-1 + glōssa, tongue, language.]
(Linguistics) linguistics the existence in a language of a high, or socially prestigious, and a low, or everyday, form, as German and Swiss German in Switzerland
[C20: New Latin, via French, from Greek diglōssos speaking two languages: see diglot]