meta·​lin·​guis·​tics ˈme-tə-liŋ-ˌgwi-stiks How to pronounce metalinguistics (audio)
plural in form but singular in construction
: a branch of linguistics that deals with the relation between language and other cultural factors in a society

Word History

First Known Use

1949, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metalinguistics was in 1949

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“Metalinguistics.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2023.

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