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nonlinguistic symbol

Definition of Nonlinguistic Symbol

(noun) A symbol that is not expressed using vocalized language, such as body language or a status symbol.

Examples of Nonlinguistic Symbol

  • status symbol, such as an expensive car or custom tailored suit, convey symbolic meaning.
  • Body language, such as interpreting facial expressions as indicators of moods.

Nonlinguistic Symbol Pronunciation

Pronunciation Usage Guide

Syllabification: non·lin·guis·tic sym·bol

Audio Pronunciation

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Usage Notes

  • Plural: nonlinguistic symbols
  • Variant spelling: non-linguistic symbol

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Cite the Definition of Nonlinguistic Symbol

ASA – American Sociological Association (5th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “nonlinguistic symbol.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Retrieved September 30, 2020 (https://sociologydictionary.org/nonlinguistic-symbol/).

APA – American Psychological Association (6th edition)

nonlinguistic symbol. (2014). In K. Bell (Ed.), Open education sociology dictionary. Retrieved from https://sociologydictionary.org/nonlinguistic-symbol/

Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date – Chicago Manual of Style (16th edition)

Bell, Kenton, ed. 2014. “nonlinguistic symbol.” In Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Accessed September 30, 2020. https://sociologydictionary.org/nonlinguistic-symbol/.

MLA – Modern Language Association (7th edition)

“nonlinguistic symbol.” Open Education Sociology Dictionary. Ed. Kenton Bell. 2014. Web. 30 Sep. 2020. <https://sociologydictionary.org/nonlinguistic-symbol/>.