Meaning of interlanguage in English:


Pronunciation /ˈɪntəˌlaŋ(ɡ)wɪdʒ/


  • A language or form of language having features of two others, typically a pidgin or a version produced by a foreign learner.

    ‘the interlanguage of Dutch learners of French’
    • ‘The usual source of crosslinguistic influence in the interlanguage of a person learning a first foreign language is quite obviously his/her L1.’
    • ‘This article seeks to establish connections between two different language contact phenomena, interlanguage and codeswitching.’
    • ‘Immigrant varieties have developed, such as Toronto's Italese, an interlanguage resulting from three generations of contact between Italian and English.’
    • ‘Tutuola writes in an interlanguage (as teachers of second languages call it) of Yoruba and English.’
    • ‘The co-authors of this paper considered that EFL students' errors represented a developmental process in which a specific interlanguage (set of characteristic linguistic patterns) would merge.’