I'm trying to write an English definition for "linguistic enclave". I haven't found any in a monolingual dictionary or on the Internet. I came up with something like this:

A portion of territory surrounded by a larger territory whose inhabitants speak a dialect or language which is different from the one of the inhabitants of the surrounding territory.

Is that correct English and does that reflect the true meaning?


Your phrase has the meaning you intend.

linguistic enclave

An enclave is

a portion of territory within or surrounded by a larger territory whose inhabitants are culturally or ethnically distinct.

So a linguistic enclave would be understood to mean an enclave that is defined by its language.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.