idioglossia

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idioglossia

(ˌɪdɪəʊˈɡlɒsɪə)
n
1. (Linguistics) a private language, as invented by a child or between two children, esp twins
2. (Pathology) a pathological condition in which a person's speech is so severely distorted that it is unintelligible
[C19: from Greek idios private, separate + glossa tongue]
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It discusses characters with physical afflictions like autism, congenital hydrocephalus, dyslalia, mutism, or stroke, including those in works like Deliverance, Rain Man, The Waltons, On Agate Hill, and Wish You Well; those with emotional issues like ideoglossia, cryptophasia, stuttering, trauma or grief, fear, and deference, in works like Nell, Cold Mountain, The Deer Hunter, and The Silver Star; and social issues affecting their communication, such as hardship, shunning, ignorance, and poverty, including examples like The Glass Castle, Child of the Mountains, and Outer Dark.
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