metanalysis

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meta- +‎ analysis. Coined, in linguistic sense, by Otto Jesperson.

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metanalysis (countable and uncountable, plural metanalyses)

  1. Analysis of analyses.
    a metanalysis of 35 existing studies
  2. (linguistics) The act of breaking down a word or phrase into segments or meanings not original to it; breaking down the boundaries between words or other units.
    The reinterpretation of "a napron" as "an apron" is an example of metanalysis.
    Synonym: rebracketing

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