- 1Existing or occurring before the development of speech: preverbal communicationMore example sentences
- Klein attempts in a very graphic way to put into words preverbal experiences by describing the ways bodily and sensory experiences are registered in the mind.
- The phantasmagoria or magic lantern show is one of the ‘figures not yet at her command’ in which her preverbal consciousness is assimilated to a spectacular model.
- It's as if gay men represent something so primally unsettling, so disconcerting on some primordial, preverbal level, that violence becomes, for some heterosexual men, the instinctive response.
- 2 Grammar Occurring before a verb: preverbal particlesMore example sentences
- Although most Creoles have preverbal particles rather than inflections, Berbice Dutch is unique among the deeper creoles of the Caribbean in its use of a mixture of preverbal particles and suffixes in its tense-mood-aspect system.
- There is also the problem of having both a preverbal adverb ‘unreasonably’ and a post-verbal adverbial ‘in error’.
- Typical grammatical features in European-based Creoles include the use of preverbal negation and subject-verb-object word order: for example (from Sranan in Surinam) A no koti a brede, He didn't cut the bread.
More definitions of preverbalDefinition of preverbal in:
- The British & World English dictionary