Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Contrastive Analysis


Contrastive analysis is an inductive investigative approach based on the distinctive elements in a language.


Here are some kinds of contrastive analysis:

  • Intralingual
    • Analysis of contrastive phonemes
    • Feature analysis of morphosyntactic categories
    • Analysis of morphemes having grammatical meaning
    • Analysis of word order
    • Componential analysis of lexemes
    • Analysis of lexical relations
  • Cross-linguistic
    • Comparative analysis of morphosyntactic systems
    • Comparative analysis of lexical semantics
    • Analysis of translational equivalence
    • Study of interference in foreign language learning

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