a) Consisting of a single word, such as "Go." or "Whatever."
b) Pertaining to the stage of development where a child produces simple one-word utterances.
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  • Holophrastic — Hol o*phras tic, a. [Holo + Gr. ? to speak: cf. F. holophrastique.] Expressing a phrase or sentence in a single word, as is the case in the aboriginal languages of America. Syn: polysynthetic, agglutinative. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • holophrastic — (adj.) 1837, from HOLO (Cf. holo ) + Gk. phrastikos, from phrazein to indicate, tell, express (see PHRASE (Cf. phrase) (n.)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • holophrastic — [häl΄ōfras′tik, hō′ləfras′tik] adj. [< HOLO + Gr phrastikos, suited for expressing < phrazein, to speak] expressing an entire sentence or phrase in one word …   English World dictionary

  • holophrastic — /hol euh fras tik, hoh leuh /, adj. 1. using or consisting of a single word that functions as a phrase or sentence. 2. characterized by holophrasis; polysynthetic: a holophrastic language. [1855 60; HOLO + phrastic; see PERIPHRASTIC] * * * …   Universalium

  • holophrastic — adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary hol + phrastic (from Greek phrazein to point out, declare) Date: 1860 expressing a complex of ideas in a single word or in a fixed phrase …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • holophrastic — hol·o·phras·tic …   English syllables

  • holophrastic — /hɒləˈfræstɪk/ (say holuh frastik) adjective expressing a whole meaning or sentence in a single word, as in the language of very young children. For example, the word wet! meaning my pants are wet. {holo + Greek phrastikos expressive} …  

  • holophrastic — | ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷|frastik adjective Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary hol + phrastic (from Greek phrastikos expressive, from phrazein to express) more at phrase : of or relating to holophrasis : equivalent to a whole phrase : expressing a… …   Useful english dictionary

  • holophrastic languages — См. lingue olofràstiche …   Пятиязычный словарь лингвистических терминов

  • Холофраза — (holophrastic speech). Одиночное слово, используемое ребенком на ранних стадиях овладения языком для передачи содержания целого предложения …   Психология развития. Словарь по книге

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