descriptive linguistics

Definitions of descriptive linguistics
  1. noun
    a description (at a given point in time) of a language with respect to its phonology and morphology and syntax and semantics without value judgments
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    Antonyms:
    prescriptive linguistics
    an account of how a language should be used instead of how it is actually used; a prescription for the `correct' phonology and morphology and syntax and semantics
    types:
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    grammar
    the branch of linguistics that deals with syntax and morphology (and sometimes also deals with semantics)
    phonemics, phonology
    the study of the sound system of a given language and the analysis and classification of its phonemes
    morphophonemics
    the study of the phonological realization of the allomorphs of the morphemes of a language
    descriptive grammar
    a grammar that is produced by descriptive linguistics
    prescriptive grammar
    a grammar that is produced by prescriptive linguistics
    syntax
    studies of the rules for forming admissible sentences
    orthoepy
    a term formerly used for the part of phonology that dealt with the `correct' pronunciation of words and its relation to `correct' orthography
    morphology
    studies of the rules for forming admissible words
    type of:
    linguistics
    the scientific study of language
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