[ glos-uh-mat-iks, glaw-suh- ]
/ ˌglɒs əˈmæt ɪks, ˌglɔ sə- /

noun (used with a singular verb) Linguistics.

a school of linguistic analysis developed by Louis Hjelmslev (1899–1965) in Copenhagen in the 1930s based on the study of the distribution of glossemes.

Nearby words

  1. glossarial,
  2. glossary,
  3. glossator,
  4. glossatorial,
  5. glossectomy,
  6. glosseme,
  7. glosser,
  8. glossimeter,
  9. glossina,
  10. glossitic

Origin of glossematics

1935–40; glosseme + -atics, on the model of Greek formations such as phṓnēma speech (stem phōnēmat-), adj. derivative phōnēmatikós (cf. phoneme), and the names of disciplines formed from such adjectives, as mathematics

Related formsglos·se·mat·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019