metalinguistics[met′ə liŋ gwis′tiks]
metalinguistics definition by Webster's New World
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the branch of linguistics dealing with relations between language and other elements of a culture
metalinguistics definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun (used with a sing. verb)
The study of the interrelationship between language and other cultural behavior.