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  • By: Michael Burns
  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Brachyology, or brachylogy, refers to the intentional shortening of spoken or written statements where complete understanding is still assumed on the part of the audience or readers. Brachyology implies familiarity on the part of the interlocutors. This familiarity on the part of conversant can be cited as an example of coidentification, whereby each recognizes the other and makes assumptions of meaning based on that familiarity.

Derived from the Greek brachylogía, meaning “brevity of speech,” brachyology is most ...

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