pseudo-linguistics

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Etymology[edit]

pseudo- +‎ linguistics. First attested 1962 (OED). Modelled on the earlier adjective pseudolinguistic (as in "pseudolinguistic science", attested 1915).

Noun[edit]

pseudo-linguistics ‎(uncountable)

  1. publications purporting to fall under the scholarly field of linguistics but falling short of its standards. Linguistic pseudo-scholarship.
    Roy Medvedev deals with the less known but even odder pseudo-linguistics of Nikolai Marr. ( Los Angeles Times (Nexis) 2 May 2004, R7; cited after OED)