Metalanguage vs Jargon - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between metalanguage and jargon

is that metalanguage is (linguistics|translation studies|critical theory) any language or vocabulary of specialized terms used to describe or analyze a language or linguistic process while jargon is jargon.

metalanguage

Noun

  • (linguistics, translation studies, critical theory) Any language or vocabulary of specialized terms used to describe or analyze a language or linguistic process.
  • * 2005 , Michael Cronin, Training for the New Millennium: Pedagogies for translation and interpreting , edited by Martha Tennent, Benjamins Translation Library, p. 255:
  • In order to talk or theorise about phenomena, one inevitably uses a language that is in effect a metalanguage , a special instance of language that allows the theorist to stand back and describe what is happening.
  • (computing) Any similar language used to define a programming language.
  • See also

    * object language

    jargon

    English

    Etymology 1

    (etyl)

    Noun

  • (uncountable) A technical terminology unique to a particular subject.
  • (countable) Language characteristic of a particular group.
  • * 2014 , Ian Hodder, Archaeological Theory Today
  • In fact all the competing theories have developed their own specialized jargons and have a tendency to be difficult to penetrate.
  • (uncountable) Speech or language that is incomprehensible or unintelligible; gibberish.
  • * Macaulay
  • A barbarous jargon .
    Synonyms
    * (language characteristic of a group) argot, cant, intalk * vernacular
    Derived terms
    * jargonaut * jargoneer * jargonist * jargonistic * jargonization * jargonize

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To utter jargon; to emit confused or unintelligible sounds.
  • * Longfellow
  • The noisy jay, / Jargoning like a foreigner at his food.

    Etymology 2

    (etyl), from (etyl) giargone, from (etyl) .

    Alternative forms

    * jargoon

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A variety of zircon