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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One must, however, note that Joyce's idioglossia is far more convoluted in its dimensions, as the "eclectic and eccentric erudition [Joyce] accumulated along the way" should, in some measure, also be at the disposal of a generation of postmodern readers.
Research in the Netherlands found about 40 per cent of twins develop their own language - or idioglossia - but normally only for a short while.
Research in the Netherlands has shown that as many as two fifths of twins may develop their own language - or idioglossia.