American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A method of synchronic linguistic analysis employing structuralism, especially in contrasting those formal structures, such as phonemes or sentences, that make up systems, such as phonology or syntax.
- n. A school of linguistics developed in the United States from the 1930s to the 1950s that advocated and employed such a method.
- n. linguistics defined as the analysis of formal structures in a text or discourse
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