Relating to or denoting an approach to the study or description of a particular language or culture in terms of its internal elements and their functioning rather than in terms of any existing external scheme. Often contrasted with etic.
- Ethnographers commonly make a distinction between the etic and emic dimensions of the study of cultural practices, which reflects the difference between the structural and reflective dimensions of meaning.
- Related to the problems of anachronism and ethnocentrism is the distinction between emic and etic terms.
- In ethnographic studies, the orientation of the researcher is termed etic or emic.
plural noun(emics) [treated as singular]
Study adopting this approach.
- If the different perspectives characterized as emics or etics are ignored or conflated, the theoretical aims and empirical data of the study will be rendered worthless.
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