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glossematics

[glos-uh-mat-iks, glaw-suh-] /ˌglɒs əˈmæt ɪks, ˌglɔ sə-/
noun, (used with a singular verb) Linguistics
1.
a school of linguistic analysis developed by Louis Hjelmslev (1899–1965) in Copenhagen in the 1930s based on the study of the distribution of glossemes.
Origin
1935-1940
1935-40; glosseme + -atics, on the model of Greek formations such as phṓnēma speech (stem phōnēmat-), adj. derivative phōnēmatikós (cf. phoneme), and the names of disciplines formed from such adjectives, as mathematics
Related forms
glossematic, adjective
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Encyclopedia Article for glossematics

system of linguistic analysis based on the distribution and interrelationship of glossemes, the smallest meaningful units of a language-e.g., a word, a stem, a grammatical element, a word order, or an intonation. Glossematics is a theory and system of linguistic analysis proposed by the Danish scholar Louis Hjelmslev (1899-1965) and his collaborators, who were strongly influenced by the work of the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure. Glossematics has been an important component of European structuralism but has had relatively little influence in the United States, except in relation to stratificational grammar, a grammar originated by American linguist Sydney M. Lamb

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