metalinguistics[met′ə liŋ gwis′tiks]
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the branch of linguistics dealing with relations between language and other elements of a culture
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
noun (used with a sing. verb)
The study of the interrelationship between language and other cultural behavior.