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[met-uh-lang-gwij] /ˈmɛt əˌlæŋ gwɪdʒ/
any language or symbolic system used to discuss, describe, or analyze another language or symbolic system.
Origin of metalanguage
1935-40; meta- + language Unabridged
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Examples from the web for metalanguage
  • The teachers also seem to believe that metalanguage should be used for learners of all proficiency levels.
  • metalanguage, for example, is a language used to describe another language.
  • The case appears to be that learners learn language as one thing and metalanguage as another.
  • The teaching method relied heavily on explicit instruction and essential metalanguage.
  • The report illustrates a symbolic metalanguage that was developed to describe and compare the search arguments.
British Dictionary definitions for metalanguage


a language or system of symbols used to discuss another language or system See also formal language, natural language Compare object language
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metalanguage in Technology

1. [theorem proving] A language in which proofs are manipulated and tactics are programmed, as opposed to the logic itself (the "object language"). The first ML was the metalanguage for the Edinburgh LCF proof assistant.
2. [logic] A language in which to discuss the truth of statements in another language.

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010
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