Definition of langue in English:

langue

Syllabification: langue
Pronunciation: /läNG(g)
 
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noun (plural same)

Linguistics
  • A language viewed as an abstract system used by a speech community, in contrast to the actual linguistic behavior of individuals. Contrasted with parole.
    More example sentences
    • Roland Barthes's semiology finds it foundation in the structural linguistic theory of Ferdinand de Saussure, who posited an abstract notion known as langue to explain the system of language.
    • If Burchfield's book had been published as a linguist's analysis of the current state of our langue, all would have been well.
    • For Baudrillard, there is no action in the play of signifiers in the langue of advertising; in other words, what occurs in advertising is not language.

Origin

1920s: French, from Latin lingua 'language, tongue'.

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