descriptive linguistics

descriptive linguistics
descrip′tive linguis′tics
ling. the study of the grammar, classification, and arrangement of the features of a language at a given time, without reference to its history or comparison to other languages
Etymology: 1925–30

From formal English to slang. 2014.

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  • descriptive grammar — noun a grammar that is produced by descriptive linguistics • Topics: ↑linguistics • Hypernyms: ↑grammar * * * 1. an approach to grammar that is concerned with reporting the usage of native speakers without reference to proposed norms of… …   Useful english dictionary

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