emic

[ ee-mik ]
/ ˈi mɪk /

adjective Linguistics.

pertaining to or being a significant unit that functions in contrast with other units in a language or other system of behavior.

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Origin of emic

First recorded in 1950–55; extracted from phonemic; coined by U.S. linguist Kenneth L. Pike (1912–2000)
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