I've just come across a strange use of "articulation", specifically: "the articulation between the public and the private sphere".

I thought for sure this must be an error by a non-native speaker; but in searching for the phrase "articulation between public" to confirm, I get a high number of results from high-quality sources.

Is this more common than I thought? Does it have any nuanced meaning in this context beyond the way two organized entities cooperate and interact?


This is an example of a word that has multiple meanings, and the context you have described is one usage. It does have a slightly more nuanced meaning in that the articulation refers not just to how the two bodies interact but also the specific way they communicate with each other.

  • Do you have a reference to support your answer? – michael.hor257k Sep 13 '18 at 15:18

From the Latin artus (joint) we get 'article' (small attached part) and 'articulate' (move at a joint).

We articulate our jaws to form words clearly, but we are also articulate if we arrange our words so that they convey meaning clearly.

  • That really doesn't have anything to do with the question, which is about a specific, uncommon use of the word. – Matt Sep 15 '18 at 13:52
  • I thought the use was about cooperation (via communication) between two parts of society, which is what my final clause addressed. – AmI Sep 15 '18 at 23:25

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