metalinguistics

[ met-uh-ling-gwis-tiks ]
/ ˌmɛt ə lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪks /

noun (used with a singular verb)

the study of the relation between languages and the other cultural systems they refer to.

Nearby words

  1. metalanguage,
  2. metalcrafting,
  3. metalepsis,
  4. metalhead,
  5. metalinguistic,
  6. metalist,
  7. metalize,
  8. metall-,
  9. metall.,
  10. metalled

Origin of metalinguistics

First recorded in 1945–50; meta- + linguistics

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