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Code (Modality)

  • Definition: A code is an artificially constructed system, for representing a natural language; it has no structure of its own but instead borrows its structure from the natural language that is represents.

    Source: Language Files, eleventh edition, edited by Vedrana Mihalicek and Christin Wilson

  • Example: Morse code is a well-known example of a code. Signed languages, on the other hand, evolve naturally and independently of spoken languages.

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