lalo-, lallo-, lalio-, lal-, -lalia, -lalic +
(Greek: speech, babbling, chattering; abnormal or disordered forms of speech)
2. The ability or phenomenon of uttering words or sounds of a language unknown to the speaker; especially, as an expression of religious ecstasy.
From the Greek, "γλώσσα" (glossa), "tongue" and "λαλώ" (lalô), "to speak"; consisting of the utterance of what appears (to the casual listener) either as an unknown foreign language (xenoglossia), meaningless syllables, or an utterance of an unknown mystical language. The utterances sometimes occur as part of religious worship (religious glossolalia).
Profuse and often emotionally charged speech that mimics coherent speech but is usually unintelligible to the listener and is uttered in some state of religious ecstasy and in some schizophrenic conditions.
When spoken by schizophrenics, glossolalia is recognized as gibberish. In charismatic Christian communities glossolalia is sacred and referred to as "speaking in tongues" or having "the gift of tongues."
In Acts of the Apostles, tongues of fire are described as alighting on the Apostles, filling them with the Holy Spirit. Allegedly, this allowed the Apostles to speak in their own language but be understood by foreigners from several nations.
Glossolalics, on the other hand, speak in a foreign language and are typically not understood by anyone.
2. The invention and use of language by a child or closely involved siblings such as twins that is unintelligible to anyone else.
2. A form of dyslalia (disorder resulting from impaired hearing) in which the person affected consistently makes substitutions in his or her speech sounds to such an extent that she or he seems to speak a language of his or her own.
An individual's difficulty in verbal communication may be aggravated by situations that arise from anxieties or fears of self-consciousness.
2. Imperfect speech; especially, the repetition of meaningless sounds by babies.
2. Recognition of words and their meanings.