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English translation: polyglot speech, polyglossy

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03:34 Oct 16, 2000
German to English translations [PRO]
German term or phrase: polyglossie
Persönliche Mehrsprachigkeit ist zugleich - mindestens in Teilen - persönliche Polyglossie.
Maus
Local time: 06:53
English translation:polyglot speech, polyglossy
Explanation:
polyglot speech, polyglossy

>>On a personal level, multilingual ability goes together – at least to some extent – with polyglot speech<<

polyglossy, though used in linguistic contexts, is uncommon in English (and sometimes perhaps "translated") while polyglot is common, often used synonymously with multilingual. In your quoted sentence it
probably denotes the ability of (a/n) multilingual individual(s) to easily switch of from one language to another while speaking naturally, or the tentency to actually intermingle words from different languages, as in a polyglot society -- say the Upper Engadine or Val Gardena.

AltaVista (any language) polyglossy: 2 meaningful pages found (the third denotes a kind of glossy paper):

>>In a different context I have drawn attention to an unresolved conflict or ambiguity in medieval attitudes towards Latin as the revered language of the sacred on the one hand and the distrust of foreign languages and polyglossy, along with the belief that the mother tongue is best, on the other.<< http://www.ualberta.ca/~englishd/westra.htm
http://www.limsi.fr/Individu/jbb/cross-corpus.html

AltaVista (English): polyglot polyglots 15,939 pages found

A fat Webster's doesn't list polyglossy, only polyglot

In German, Polyglossie is somewhat more common:
AltaVista (German) Polyglossie: 17 hits;
Polyglossie = mehrsprachigkeit: 6 hits
Selected response from:

Tom Funke
Local time: 00:53
Grading comment
Thanks! I did not find the word in any dictionary. I knew that it had something to do with "polyglot" but I was not shure about the meaning.
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Summary of answers provided
napolyglossiaxxxJon Zuber
napolyglot speech, polyglossy
Tom Funke
nasee detailKen Cox
napolyglossy
Tim Drayton


  

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34 mins
polyglossy


Explanation:
'Polyglossy' refers to a situation where a society rather than an individual uses more than one language (a good example being Swiss society). As an example, it is used in the academic text quoted below.


    Reference: http://www.valberta.ca/~englishd/westra.htm
Tim Drayton
Cyprus
Local time: 07:53
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 154
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50 mins
see detail


Explanation:
Since 'polyglossie' is denotatively a synonym of 'Mehrsprachigkeit', I wonder what your author means to say. There is one English web site (see ref) that uses 'polyglossy' to refer to what in vernacular English is called 'speaking in tonguues', which is a practice of certain religious sects, in which the speakers do not (necessarily) understand what they are saying -- associated with the belief that some spiritual agent is speaking through them. Does this help?


    Reference: http://www.crystalinks.com/polyglot.html
Ken Cox
Local time: 06:53
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in pair: 5905
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1 hr
polyglot speech, polyglossy


Explanation:
polyglot speech, polyglossy

>>On a personal level, multilingual ability goes together – at least to some extent – with polyglot speech<<

polyglossy, though used in linguistic contexts, is uncommon in English (and sometimes perhaps "translated") while polyglot is common, often used synonymously with multilingual. In your quoted sentence it
probably denotes the ability of (a/n) multilingual individual(s) to easily switch of from one language to another while speaking naturally, or the tentency to actually intermingle words from different languages, as in a polyglot society -- say the Upper Engadine or Val Gardena.

AltaVista (any language) polyglossy: 2 meaningful pages found (the third denotes a kind of glossy paper):

>>In a different context I have drawn attention to an unresolved conflict or ambiguity in medieval attitudes towards Latin as the revered language of the sacred on the one hand and the distrust of foreign languages and polyglossy, along with the belief that the mother tongue is best, on the other.<< http://www.ualberta.ca/~englishd/westra.htm
http://www.limsi.fr/Individu/jbb/cross-corpus.html

AltaVista (English): polyglot polyglots 15,939 pages found

A fat Webster's doesn't list polyglossy, only polyglot

In German, Polyglossie is somewhat more common:
AltaVista (German) Polyglossie: 17 hits;
Polyglossie = mehrsprachigkeit: 6 hits



    see aboved
Tom Funke
Local time: 00:53
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in pair: 2419
Grading comment
Thanks! I did not find the word in any dictionary. I knew that it had something to do with "polyglot" but I was not shure about the meaning.

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Johanna Timm, PhD
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1 day 1 hr
polyglossia


Explanation:
This spelling is far more common (151 Google hits, against 5 for -y).

xxxJon Zuber
PRO pts in pair: 8
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