Definition of ethnolinguistics in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌeTHnōliNGˈɡwistiks/

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The branch of linguistics concerned with the relations between linguistic and cultural behavior.
Example sentences
  • The results of this project will contribute essentially to the study of ethnolinguistics and to the description of some endangered languages and dialects.
  • His interests include ethnolinguistics and language acquisition in bilingual children.



Pronunciation: /-ˈliNGɡwist/
Example sentences
  • The question of how many fluent Maidu speakers remain is a touchy one, not least because many Maidu resent the notion that a white ethnolinguist may be the keeper of the linguistic flame.
  • These paradigms will be of as much interest to philologists and ethnolinguists as they may be to ornithologists.
  • For more than twenty-five years, his work as an ethnolinguist has focused on the preservation of Hopi language and culture.


Example sentences
  • Liberia's sixteen ethnolinguistic groups, although characterized as tribes, have never constituted unified, historically continuous political entities.
  • Political tensions arising from this ethnolinguistic division have largely faded as the Swedish-speaking minority has declined in size and assimilated through marriage with Finnish speakers.
  • Various ethnolinguistic groups, with varying degrees of political organization, divided the highlands between them, sometimes at war, sometimes at peace.

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Syllabification: eth·no·lin·guis·tics

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