Informant definition

ĭn-fôrmənt
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One who furnishes linguistic or cultural information to a researcher.
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One that gives information.
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One who informs against others; an informer.
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A person who gives, or serves as a source of, information.
  • A native speaker of a language whose pronunciations, usages, etc. are studied and recorded by linguists.
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One who relays confidential information to someone, especially to the police; an informer.
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(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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
informant
Plural:
informants

Origin of informant

  • From Latin informans, participle of informo.

    From Wiktionary