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


(ˈhɒl əˌfreɪz, ˈhoʊ lə-)

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

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.
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.
If you take this to mean, "Let's have more coffee," then this would be like a holophrase.
36) The choice of the sign of Ursa Major at the end of the poem, which starts with a call for a holophrase, represents the importance of that which is outside the divisions of language which were current in the early twentieth century.
Keywords: Alexthymia; Anguish; Enjoyment; Aphanisis; Holophrase.
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).
Holophrases, Speech Acts and Language Universals, Journal at Child Language, 2: 21-40.
Formulaic sequences are organized sequentially in real-time production, and they appear in the forms of collocations, clauses, and long phrasal stretches and even holophrases.
She must be able either to "break down" or to "fill out" her holophrases so that she can express her communicative intentions in the more linguistically articulated way of adult speakers.
An important claim here is that holophrases, rather than being truncated versions of full utterances, are actually the basic minimal material out of which the more complex structures can be formed.
Similarly, Tomasello (2003) observed that one year old American children learn to correctly use unparsed expressions such as "I wanna see it" or "lemme do it" called holophrases.
MWU's have been studied under a plethora of designations: "lexical phrases, multi-word units, fixed phrases, formulaic phrases, chunks, preassembled chunks, prefabricated units, holophrases, and so on" (Willis 1997).