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descriptive linguistics

noun, (used with a singular verb)
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 of descriptive linguistics
1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for descriptive-linguistics

descriptive linguistics

(functioning as sing) 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 Also called synchronic linguistics Compare historical linguistics
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