• Entry
  • Reader's guide
  • Entries A-Z
  • Subject index

Etic

The linguist Kenneth L. Pike coined the term etic (see also emic) to refer to the theoretical taxonomic categories that analysts use to construct an explicit, scientific system. Etic units are analogous to the units used in phonetics, the linguistic analysis of sounds. An etic standpoint, viewpoint, or analysis is one that compares societies. Pike refers to etic system as the theory, methods, and ...

    • Loading...
    locked icon

    Sign in to access this content

    Get a 30 day FREE TRIAL

    • Watch videos from a variety of sources bringing classroom topics to life
    • Read modern, diverse business cases
    • Explore hundreds of books and reference titles