As nouns the difference between vocabulary and metalanguage
is that vocabulary
is a usually alphabetized and explained collection of words eg of a particular field, or prepared for a specific purpose, often for learning while metalanguage
is (linguistics|translation studies|critical theory) any language or vocabulary of specialized terms used to describe or analyze a language or linguistic process.
A usually alphabetized and explained collection of words e.g. of a particular field, or prepared for a specific purpose, often for learning.
The collection of words a person knows and uses.
The stock of words used in a particular field.
- My Russian vocabulary is very limited.
The words of a language collectively.
- The vocabulary of social sciences is often incomprehensible to ordinary people.
A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques
- The vocabulary of any language is influenced by contacts with other cultures.
* defining vocabulary
* controlled vocabulary
* extended vocabulary
* wordhoard (obsolete)
(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:
(computing) Any similar language used to define a programming language.
- 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.
* object language