Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
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The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
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Meara, P. 2012. Imaginary Words. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics. .
- Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
Imaginary words—sometimes also called pseudo-words, nonsense words, or nonce words—are strings of letters which resemble real words but do not actually exist as words in a specific language. Thus, ‘shern’ is a plausible letter string for English, but does not appear as a word in any of the standard dictionaries.
- second language acquisition;