A group of people sharing a common language or dialect.
- Copying can be exact: members of a speech community can share identical phonological representations.
- We can all be categorised into a speech community by way of language, professional idiolect, local or acquired dialect, accent or habitual usage.
- Research on language acquisition tells us that all normal children acquire the language of their speech community effortlessly and flawlessly.
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Syllabification: speech com·mu·ni·ty
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