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 (hŏl′ə-frăs′tĭk, hō′lə-)
1. Polysynthetic.
2. Of or relating to the stage of child language development characterized by the use of single-word utterances.

[holo- + Greek phrastikos, expressive (from -phrastos, speakable, thought of, from phrazein, to show; see gwhren- in Indo-European roots).]


1. (Linguistics) denoting the stage in a child's acquisition of syntax when most utterances are single words
2. (Linguistics) (of languages) tending to express in one word what would be expressed in several words in other languages; polysynthetic
[C19: from holo- + Greek phrastikos expressive, from phrazein to express]
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This is what we today would call the poem as holophrasis, or a holophrastic expression; by definition, such a structure condenses in itself a huge semantic context which is impossible to describe in a few words.
This word has turned into a holophrastic one reflecting one's need of everything good and valuable.
Quine's holophrastic account of observation sentences yields the doctrine of ontological indeterminacy.
He described holophrastic words as "words which express the whole thing or idea, undivided, unanalyzed" (Lieber 1837:167).
That's Raven Talk": Holophrastic Readings of Contemporary Indigenous Literatures.
They may have been at a holophrastic stage, or they may have had nearly full human language--it is difficult to imagine any way to tell.
1 The overemphasis on collocation at the expense of holophrastic comprehension may be the result of syntactocentrism and so should be reviewed.
The first, called casual realism, arises around two years of age and has the peculiarity that the child attributes a particular meaning to a sign made, as with a holophrastic language in which a single word takes on the meaning of an entire phrase.
An Act will often be expressed, especially in spoken language, as a holophrastic expression, if the speaker considers that the content of such an expression is all that is required in at that point in the discourse, although much more complex Acts are, of course, possible.
All children were at the holophrastic stage of language development at the beginning of the study.
The child's first so-called holophrastic enunciations include gesture, the object, and vocal emission.
Animal cries, to use a more recent formulation, tend to be holophrastic, simple cries or series of such cries not susceptible of analysis.