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Of or relating to a metalanguage or to metalinguistics.

met′a·lin·guis′ti·cal·ly adv.
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(Linguistics) of or relating to metalinguistics
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(ˌmɛt ə lɪŋˈgwɪs tɪk)

of or pertaining to metalinguistics or a metalanguage.
met`a•lin•guis′ti•cal•ly, adv.
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[ˌmetəlɪŋˈgwɪstɪk] ADJmetalingüístico
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This has meant nurturing my own professional development and metalinguistic understandings of Spanish and English.
In the last empirical study, Jan Vanhove investigated the extent to which the presence of metalinguistic knowledge about substandard L1 gender assignment affects its use as a source of transfer.
Even with the assistance of a bilingual concordancer, teachers still have to guide their EFL students on how to use a bilingual concordancer with the engagement of metalinguistic awareness to express their thoughts appropriately in written communication (Yang, Wong & Yeh, 2013).
(5) SD makes it impossible to force an expressive to encode an attitude that the speaker does not hold (or at least purport to hold by the way they speak) without recourse to metalinguistic operations such as quotation.
In (15), Hazel adopts metalinguistic negations and the causal conjunction "because" to try to reject the presuppositions underlying Christianity while trying to provoke a truck driver with his blasphemy.
They explore, in a scientific as well as humanistic vein, the metalinguistic appropriation of a little-known but significant frontier of Karachi's new urban developments and the multiple motives behind it.
Diachronic Slavonic Syntax: The Interplay Between Internal Development, Language Contact and Metalinguistic Factors
Happily, because I do like a bit of robust corroboration of a Saturday, NATE (the National Association for the Teaching of English) agree, citing, in their 2016 analysis of the curriculum, the requirement to teach 'an extraordinary overload of metalinguistic concepts and grammatical categories', for children who, in many cases, are still learning to read.
From these works we came to understand Chiari's project as a metalinguistic reflection on communicative codes, as also suggested by pieces such as Untitled, 1979, in which a still from a videotape is printed on photographic paper in each of the primary colors in turn.
Prompts include a variety of signals other than reformulations that push learners to self-repair (i.e., elicitation, metalinguistic clues, clarification requests, and repetition).