- (British) IPA: /ˈlɪ.tə.ɹɪ.tʃə(ɹ)/, /ˈlɪ.tɹɪ.tʃə(ɹ)/
- (America) IPA: /ˈlɪ.tɚ.ɪ.tʃɚ/, /ˈlɪ.tɚ.ə.tʃɚ/, /ˈlɪ.tʃɹə.tʃɚ/, /ˈlɪ.tɚ.tʃɚ/
- (Midwestern US English) IPA: /ˈlɪ.tə.tʃɚ/
- The body of all written works.
- The collected creative writing of a nation, people, group
- (usually preceded by the) All the papers, treatises
etc. published in academic journals on a particular subject.
- The obvious question to ask at this point is: ‘Why posit the existence of a set of Thematic Relations (THEME, AGENT, INSTRUMENT, etc.) distinct from constituent structure relations?ʼ The answer given in the relevant literature is that a variety of linguistic phenomena can be accounted for in a more principled way in terms of Thematic Functions than in terms of constituent structure relations.
- Written fiction of a high standard.
- However, even “literary” science fiction rarely qualifies as literature, because it treats characters as sets of traits rather than as fully realized human beings with unique life stories. —Adam Cadre, 2008
- French: littérature
- German: Literatur
- Italian: letteratura
- Portuguese: literatura
- Russian: литерату́ра
- Spanish: literatura
- Alternative form of literature, especially when defined as a school subject.