I found it in the Oxford English Dictionary. Definition: "That speaks." Example: "He would be loquent as Mithridates, that could speake 22 languages."Losilmer, can you give us a reference for "loquent"? I can find it neither in any (free) online dictionary nor in my Webster's dictionary (off-line).
I would say it is very uncommon!
I'd rather say that Mithridates was eloquent, or better, polyglot. And certainly he was loquent.I found it in the Oxford English Dictionary. Definition: "That speaks." Example: "He would be loquent as Mithridates, that could speake 22 languages."
I like the word "loquent," but if there's an "official" antonym of mute, then I'd rather use that, even if I don't entirely agree with it. Verbal to me sounds more like "capable of putting things into words," rather than simply "having a voice and the ability to speak." Nevertheless, if that's the official term, then that's what I'll use in this particular case. Maybe in another context I'll go out on a limb and try "loquent." I do so like the word.I'd rather say that Mithridates was eloquent, or better, polyglot. And certainly he was loquent.
If loquent means "That speaks", and "Mute", "That cannot speak", "loquent" could be a candidate as an antonyn of "mute", couldn't it?
Loqui is Latin for "to speak", whence several English words derive (locutor, locuacious, eloquence, etc.).
I recognize that "loquent" is very unusual, but are there any other substitutes around?
I agree - that is the impression I had of the word "verbal", before I found that it is used to mean "not mute" in scientific literature. There is also a push by sufferers of the condition and/or parents of children who suffer from the condition for the term "mute" to be replaced by "non-verbal".I think of verbal - even loquent - as being a personality trait of a more outgoing person. It's that outgoing or boistrous personality that makes them want to speak all the time.
Your first paragraph: Unfortunately though, the “education circles [where] you very commonly hear discussions about things like improving verbal skills [...]” has nothing to do with the physical inability to speak, so this comparison of ‘verbal’ over ‘voiced’ is not topical, I think.Well, I would definitely choose 'verbal' over 'voiced' in this situation. In education circles, you very commonly hear discussions about things like improving verbal skills, verbal and non-verbal communication, and verbal acuity.
While I understand the inclination to use 'voiced', it is more commonly used in choral and electronic music circles to describe number of vocal parts, musical ranges, synthesizer patch/program combinations, and related ideas.
I'm with elroy if we're talking about a good word to use in a conversation or more informal writing. I would reserve 'loquent' (I am more familiar with the adjectives 'loquacious' and 'eloquent') for academic or professional written use.Or maybe "the speaking twin."