isolating language

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A language such as Chinese, Vietnamese, and Samoan in which words are invariable, there are no inflections or changeable endings, and grammatical relations are indicated by word order. English has some features of an isolating language, as shown by the two sentences The burglar killed the woman and The woman killed the burglar. Also called an analytic language or a root language. Compare agglutinative language, inflecting language.

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