Vocabulary vs Metalanguage - What's the difference?

vocabulary | metalanguage |


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.

vocabulary

English

Noun

(vocabularies)
  • 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.
  • My Russian vocabulary is very limited.
  • The stock of words used in a particular field.
  • The vocabulary of social sciences is often incomprehensible to ordinary people.
  • The words of a language collectively.
  • The vocabulary of any language is influenced by contacts with other cultures.
  • A range of artistic or stylistic forms or techniques
  • Derived terms

    * defining vocabulary * controlled vocabulary * extended vocabulary

    Coordinate terms

    * dictionary * lexicon * wordhoard (obsolete)

    Synonyms

    * (l) * (l) * (l)

    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