from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A language or vocabulary used to describe or analyze language.
- n. Computer Science A language used to define another language.
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- n. Any language or vocabulary of specialized terms used to describe or analyze a language or linguistic process.
- n. Any similar language used to define a programming language.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any language that can be used to describe another language or system of symbols.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a language that can be used to describe languages
On the positive side, the concept of truth can be adequately defined for any formalized language L in a language (the so-called metalanguage), provided it is of higher order than L.
But the mathematical part of the metalanguage will be the same, for that's the "sufficiently developed system of mathematical logic" of which Tarski spoke.
They also do not necessarily learn the important "metalanguage" of subject areas, which is so crucial if our learners are to socially interact and discuss ideas in a specific knowledge domain with each other and with authentic experts.
However, our friends, the logicians, have made it clear to us long ago that in any but the simplest languages we must distinguish between an 'object language' and a 'metalanguage'.
In general, Greek letters like Ï and Ï are variables of the metalanguage, that is, the language I am using for talking about theories of truth and the language in which this entry is written (i.e.,
"metalanguage" formed by mixing together previously distinct languages or mediums.
Hmm. I also agree with you that the metalanguage (noun-like events and verb-like acts) is fairly abstruse and unlikely to be of much practical use in the classroom.
A new metalanguage was created and cherished by those who could talk the talk.
This glorious mess is an exhausting but also exhilarating archive of language and metalanguage.
Referring to metalanguage, including genus of concept.
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