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(Linguistics) linguistics the use of one word to express a whole phrase or concept, or an example of this
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(ˈhɒl əˌfreɪz, ˈhoʊ lə-)

a single word expressing the ideas of a phrase or sentence.
hol`o•phras′tic (-ˈfræs tɪk) adj.
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holophrasis, holophrase

the ability, in certain languages, to express a complex idea or entire sentence in a single word, as the imperative “Stop!” — holophrasm, n. — holophrastic, adj.
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Part Two of the installation traces her son's weaning from the holophrase, that is his beginning to join single words into phrases.
This articulation of desire informs the opening gambit of Paris: "I want a holophrase".
Given the relational word bundles' origin in a significant Indigenous language structure--the holophrase (one-word sentence)--a rhetorical analysis of relational word bundles from the perspective of a non-Indigenous scholar (that is, myself) is equally exceptional.
Takvi izrazi nazivaju se holofraze (holophrase) buduci da jedan lingvisticki simbol funkcionira kao cjelovit iskaz (Tomasello, 2000) te ne postoji nikakvo obiljezavanje sintaktickih funkcija.
The opening line: 'I want a holophrase' almost certainly alludes to Harrison's discussion of early language in Themis in which she demonstrates linguistic instances where subject and object become indistinguishable.
The basis of syntax in the holophrase. In Functional Grammar and Verbal Interaction, Studies in Language Companion Series 44, Mike Hannay and A.
Many children will spend several months using just a single word to express themselves (what professionals refer to as a "holophrase"); they may spend many more months using two or three word phrases (what professionals refer to as "telegraphic speech"); and they may not begin to employ full sentences until sometime after their third birthday.
Each section examines a stage in the constitution of a woman's identity in and through significant moments in her child's development: for instance, weaning from the breast, weaning from the holophrase (learning to speak), weaning from the dyad (periodic separation from the mother).