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|Noun||1.||language unit - one of the natural units into which linguistic messages can be analyzed|
discourse - extended verbal expression in speech or writing
word - a unit of language that native speakers can identify; "words are the blocks from which sentences are made"; "he hardly said ten words all morning"
syllable - a unit of spoken language larger than a phoneme; "the word `pocket' has two syllables"
lexeme - a minimal unit (as a word or stem) in the lexicon of a language; `go' and `went' and `gone' and `going' are all members of the English lexeme `go'
morpheme - minimal meaningful language unit; it cannot be divided into smaller meaningful units
formative - minimal language unit that has a syntactic (or morphological) function
name - a language unit by which a person or thing is known; "his name really is George Washington"; "those are two names for the same thing"
string - a linear sequence of symbols (characters or words or phrases)
collocation - a grouping of words in a sentence
speech sound, phone, sound - (phonetics) an individual sound unit of speech without concern as to whether or not it is a phoneme of some language
sign - a fundamental linguistic unit linking a signifier to that which is signified; "The bond between the signifier and the signified is arbitrary"--de Saussure