a person who gives, or serves as a source of, information; specif.,
- a native speaker of a language whose pronunciations, usages, etc. are studied and recorded by linguists
Origin of informantfrom Classical Latin informans, present participle of informare, to inform
- a. One that gives information.b. One who informs against others; an informer.
- One who furnishes linguistic or cultural information to a researcher.
- One who relays confidential information to someone, especially to the police; an informer.
- (linguistics) A native speaker who acts as a linguistic reference for a language being studied. The informant demonstrates native pronunciation, provides grammaticality judgments regarding linguistic well-formedness, and may also explain cultural references and other important contextual information.
From Latin informans, participle of informo.