Structural linguistics is defined as a study of language based on the theory that language is a structured system of formal units such as sentences and syntax.
An example of structural linguistics is phonetics.
language study based on the assumptions that a language is a coherent system of formal units and that the task of linguistic study is to inquire into the nature of those units and their peculiar systematic arrangement, without reference to historical antecedents or comparison with other languages
noun(used with a sing. verb)
A method of synchronic linguistic analysis employing structuralism, especially in demonstrating contrasts between formal structures, such as different phonemes or sentence structures, that make up systems, such as phonology or syntax.