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metalinguistics

[met-uh-ling-gwis-tiks] /ˌmɛt ə lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb)
1.
the study of the relation between languages and the other cultural systems they refer to.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; meta- + linguistics
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  • These include not only clear mnemonic strategies, but more complex cases in which the element of metalinguistics enters.

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