An extended definition is an analysis of a word or concept. It helps the reader understand a concept by focusing on different features or comparing it to another concept. It often explains what a concept is and is not, what it consists of, what its characteristics are, how it is used, and why it is important. When you write an extended definition, use contrast and concession connectors to show differences between two concepts, such as coordinating conjunctions but and yet, subordinators although, while, and even though, or transition signals however and on the other hand.
In this assignment, you are going to write an extended definition of a word or concept from a different language. As you prepare your essay, think about the question, “What happens when a language disappears?” Choose one of the topics below: