Of or relating to phenomena considered as meaningful structural units within a system such as a language or culture.
Origin of emicFrom (phon)emic
(comparative more emic, superlative most emic)
- (social sciences) Of or pertaining to the analysis of a cultural system or its features from the perspective of a participant in that culture.
- 1982, Kenneth Lee Pike, Linguistic Concepts: An Introduction to Tagmemics"Ž, page 44
- Generalizing from phonemics, I coined the term emic in 1954.