What Does Emic Mean?


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The word Emic is an adjective, it is pronounced with a "k" as emik. It is used to denote something as an item or feature being analysed in consideration to the role they play within a system as a structural unit. It is mostly applicable to linguistics or behavioural sciences.

Emic is also a term used in "Emic and etic" refers to a kind of data with regard to human behaviour used in behavioural and social sciences. Emic is a behavioural account which is descriptive in a manner that seems meaningful to the actor. It can unconsciously or consciously meaningful to the actor. Its partner etic is more meaningful to the observer.

The term was introduced or first coined by Kenneth Pike a linguist. Subsequently it was championed by Marvin Harris an anthropologist.

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