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חתנֵםְ (Attian Hevriti)


From Ancient Attian iθneihma, from Proto-Attamian *idinʷeʕmá, ultimately from the biradical th-n pertaining to speech. Confer Damian damai and Namic ḍhiḥma (syncope form earlier ḍhimeḥma)



ethnema f (plural patientive thinmim)

  1. (countable) A form of communication using words either spoken or gestured with the hands and structured with grammar, often with a writing system.
    ethnema ta athnai
    the Attian language
  2. (plural) The ability to communicate using words.
    dima thinmat
    the gift of language
  3. (countable) Nonverbal communication.
    ethnema ta gasha
    body language
  4. (countable) A computer language.
  5. (countable) The vocabulary and usage used in a particular specialist field - jargon, slang
  6. (countable) The particular words used in speech or a passage of text.
    The language he used to talk to me was obscene.
    The language used in the law does not permit any other interpretation.
  7. Words, written or spoken, in a specific sequence that a person uses to describe, to a another person, the type of thoughts in their mind.


Usage notes

The word ethnema is a formal variant of the syncopised thenma with cognates in development in other Attamian languages. Likewise, the word thina is a far common substitution.


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