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From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Related topics: Linguistics
pre-verbalpre-verb‧al /ˌpriː ˈvɜːbəl◂ $ -ɜːr-/ adjective [only before noun] technical  SLhappening before a child has learned to speak the pre-verbal stages
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pre-verbalSome constructs may reflect pre-verbal bases of organization which can not be accounted for by rational explanation.Their pointing gestures and vocalisations will be video-recorded to allow detailed analyses to be carried out on the characteristics of pre-verbal communication.An early start is good as parents can help with the programmes in the home, even at a pre-verbal stage.
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