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preverbal

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Pronunciation: /priːˈvəːb(ə)l
 
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Definition of preverbal in English:

adjective

1Existing or occurring before the development of speech: preverbal communication
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  • 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 particles
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  • 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.

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