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These definitions are accurate, but are not intended to be complete. They are definitions of how Wycliffe uses these terms.

 

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Every culture and community develops its own language to some degree. Wycliffe is no different in that. While we've committed ourselves to not using "insider talk" on this website, when other terms would be appropriate and would clearly communicate, sometimes we had to rely on technical terms. Rather than define all of our terms within the text (and annoying those who know the definitions with our redundancy and verbosity) we chose to develop this glossary.

Glossary

Word Definition
Scripture Use Activities that facilitate the use of mother-tongue Scriptures, thereby reaping the benefit of translation. These activities include Bible study lessons, concordances, and audio/visual presentations of the Scriptures.
Semantics The study of language meaning.
Sociolinguistics The study of language variation according to cultural and communal context, and according to the social roles and class distinction.
Sustainability The presence of local, regional, national or area-level institutions that help meet the continuing needs of language communities for Bible translation, language development, church growth, discipleship, literacy, or other language-related ministries. ("Sustainability" is one of the themes of Vision 2025.)
 
 
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