Articulations

@BoboMama (321)
India
January 13, 2012 6:43am CST
Hey again , mylotters :) So i'm planning to attend a scholarship exam tomorrow and i stumbled when i saw the word "articulation" in its syllabus. I've never heard of the word before and tried searching for the word,but didn't understand its meaning clearly. Will you tell me how I should practice/learn this? Help would be gladly appreciated :D
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@owlwings (39611)
• Cambridge, England
13 Jan 12
"To articulate" means different things in different contexts. The original meaning refers to things which are joined so that the parts can move in relation to each other. Your arm is articulated at the shoulder, elbow and wrist, for example. An articulated truck is one where the drive unit is joined to the truck itself by a joint which allows it to bend around corners. This sense has long been applied to speakers who are able to join together their statements and arguments elegantly and also to people who speak clearly and distinctly (but not disjointedly). If someone is said to be "well articulated" it usually means that he speaks clearly and distinctly; if someone is referred to as an "articulate speaker" it tends to mean not only that his speech is distinct but also that he expresses his ideas well and doesn't need to pause to search for the right word. The noun, articulation, can be used in all of the above senses and means 'the act or process of articulating something'. For example, 'the articulation of a new thought is sometimes not easy' = 'the act of expressing a new thought clearly ...'; 'the point of articulation is at the elbow'; 'his accent was good but his articulation made him hard to follow' (= 'he didn't prounce his words clearly so that each part of the word or syllable was distinct and joined to the next').
@BoboMama (321)
• India
13 Jan 12
Do you think you can figure out , what this has to do with my scholarship :o
@owlwings (39611)
• Cambridge, England
13 Jan 12
In fact, 'to articulate' is related to the word 'article'. It comes from the Latin 'articulare' from 'articulus', meaning a joint. The meaning of 'an article' (as a piece of writing or clothing, for example) comes through the idea that things which are joined together can be separated, thus a book may comprise a number of articles and a number of articles of clothing join together to make up the way you dress.
@owlwings (39611)
• Cambridge, England
13 Jan 12
I don't know what it has to do with your scholarship. You have asked for the meaning of only one word. If you had given the sentence and context in which it was used, you would have been more articulate and I should have been able to give a better answer.
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
13 Jan 12
Hi Bobo, Are you going to have to use it in a sentence? Articulate would be to speak and pronounce your words clearly. When I think of an articulate person, I think of someone who not only speaks very clearly but conveys their thoughts and ideas in a way that is very easy to understand. They are very good at expressing themselves in other words. Articulation would be to speaking as penmanship would be to writing I believe.
@BoboMama (321)
• India
15 Jan 12
It might be something to do with testing my writing skills after all what you've said. Oh well , wish me good luck [desp] :)
@sid556 (31005)
• United States
15 Jan 12
Good luck! I'm sure you'll do fine. On here, you seem very articulate.
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@cearn25 (3460)
• Philippines
14 Jan 12
Articulation means that you have to be good in speaking words correctly and correctly. I think that would be one of the basis for your scholarship exam for tomorrow. Good luck bobomama. You can do it.
@BoboMama (321)
• India
15 Jan 12
Your support is appreciated :)
@mensab (4207)
• Philippines
13 Jan 12
from what i understand, articulation is when an idea is communicated clearly. it exemplifies the clarification and expression of ideas into comprehensible and simple terms. the logic of the words is exposed into coherent style of speech or writing. it is a skill, that's why it can be learned.
@WakeUpKitty (8706)
• Netherlands
13 Jan 12
If I ask someone (my kids) to articulate the words well it means they have to speak all the letters in the word out of clearly. So no dialect not swalling in the letters. Good luck with your exam.