descriptive linguistics

descriptive linguistics

noun
the study of the grammar, classification, and arrangement of the features of a language at a given time, without reference to the history of the language or comparison with other languages.
Also called synchronic linguistics.


Origin:
1925–30

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descriptive linguistics
 
n
(functioning as singular) Compare historical linguistics Also called: synchronic linguistics the study of the description of the internal phonological, grammatical, and semantic structures of languages at given points in time without reference to their histories or to one another

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