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Etymology

From phonemic

  • 1982, Kenneth Lee Pike, Linguistic Concepts: An Introduction to Tagmemics‎, page 44
    Generalizing from phonemics, I coined the term emic in 1954.

Adjective

emic (comparative more emic, superlative most emic)

Positive
emic

Comparative
more emic

Superlative
most emic

  1. (social sciences) Of or pertaining to the analysis of a cultural system or its features from the perspective of a participant in that culture.
    • 1996, Advanced Methodological Issues in Culturally Competent Evaluation for Substance Abuse Prevention
      A useful example of the emic-etic distinction may be made by comparing the concept "waves on the ocean or sea" from the perspective of a European American with that of a Truk Islander. . . The proposed etics here might be that both cultures understand the use of waves as vehicles for surfing and as movement reflecting the transfer of energy . . . certain differences, or emics exist, For European Americans the waves may be sources of beauty - - the Truk Islander has learned to use them . . . as a road map.

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