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  • In semantics and logic, the ordinary language used to talk about people, places, and things in the world. In contrast, metalanguage is an artificial language used by linguists and others to analyze or describe the sentences or elements of object language itself. In other words, object language is the language being referred to in a metalanguage. For example, in the sentence “When we talk about the 'computer,' we are simply referring to a kind of 'tool,'” the words computer and tool are the object language; the overall sentence is a metalinguistic observation about the object-linguistic terms. The concept was developed by 20th-century logical positivists such as the Polish American Alfred Tarski and the German American Rudolf Carnap.

    Sometimes referred to as the target language, object language ...

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