descriptive linguistics


descriptive linguistics
noun
a description (at a given point in time) of a language with respect to its phonology and morphology and syntax and semantics without value judgments
Members of this Topic: ↑derivation
Hypernyms: ↑linguistics
Hyponyms: ↑grammar, ↑phonology, ↑phonemics, ↑morphophonemics

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the study of the grammar, classification, and arrangement of the features of a language at a given time, without reference to the history of the language or comparison with other languages. Also called synchronic linguistics.
[1925-30]

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descriptive linguistics singular noun
The study of the description of a language structure as it occurred individually at a particular time, ie with no reference to its history, any other language, etc
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