Definition of Bloomfieldian in English:

Bloomfieldian

adjective

  • Relating to or characteristic of the American linguist Leonard Bloomfield or his theories.

    ‘linguistics in the Bloomfieldian traditions’
    • ‘American linguistics was dominated by Bloomfieldian descriptivism.’
    • ‘I dare say that first-year linguistics courses are still basically Bloomfieldian in orientation.’
    • ‘A good deal of linguistics, both in the Bloomfieldian and the Chomskyan traditions, has simply ignored semantics.’

noun

  • A follower of the theories of the American linguist Leonard Bloomfield.

    ‘the older generation of Bloomfieldians found themselves outnumbered’
    • ‘Since the Bloomfieldian was not permitted to define the meaning of a word in terms of mental events, he was forced to refer to external situations to express the meaning of a phrase.’
    • ‘Various Bloomfieldians continued to refine and experiment with this approach.’
    • ‘Overnight, the older generation of Bloomfieldians found themselves outnumbered.’

Pronunciation

Bloomfieldian

/ˈbluːmfiːldɪən/