Definition of metalinguistics in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmedəliNGˈɡwistiks/

plural noun

[treated as singular]
The branch of linguistics that deals with metalanguages, self-reference in language, and the philosophy of science as it applies to linguistics.
Example sentences
  • Morphological awareness, as part of metalinguistics, involves reflection on language and its use and skills of monitoring and planning.
  • There is no introductory editorial discussing the title or theme of the volume or its intended audience, but the essays mostly deal with language and metalinguistics in some way.
  • Results indicate a positive attitude to but poor knowledge of metalinguistics in the process of learning to read.



Pronunciation: /ˌmedəˌliNGˈɡwistik/
Example sentences
  • Use, rather than metalinguistic acknowledgement, rationalizes these aspects of language, and a sense of aesthetic accomplishment arises through employing them.
  • Smith utilizes a metalinguistic analysis to reinsert the long-neglected importance of the subject into the practice of writing art criticism.
  • They attribute this poor performance to the influence of reading experience and less well-developed metalinguistic abilities.

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Syllabification: met·a·lin·guis·tics

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