object language

object language

noun
the language to which a metalanguage refers.

Origin:
1930–35

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object language
 
n
Compare metalanguage a language described by or being investigated by another language

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object language

in semantics and logic, the ordinary language used to talk about things or objects in the world-as contrasted with metalanguage, an artificial language used by linguists and others to analyze or describe the sentences or elements of object language itself. The concept was developed by such 20th-century logical positivists as Polish-American Alfred Tarski and German-American Rudolf Carnap.

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