microlinguistics


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microlinguistics

(ˈmaɪkrəʊlɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks)
n
the branch of linguistics that is concerned with the study of languages in the abstract, and that looks at specific linguistic data without consideration of meaning
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As yet, metalinguistics is a field whose study is only begun; this is because only now has microlinguistics reached a point where it can furnish complete enough descriptions of languages to establish definite limits between micro- and metalinguistics.
It presupposes the thorough formal analysis of a language -- the microlinguistic analysis of its structure.