Definition of microlinguistics in US English:

microlinguistics

noun

Linguistics
  • Especially in the terminology of H. L. Smith and G. L. Trager: the branch of linguistics that deals with the analysis of specific linguistic data (e.g. grammatical or phonological phenomena), in contrast with prelinguistics and metalinguistics.

Origin

1940s. From micro- + linguistic; see quot. 1949. Compare macrolinguistics, metalinguistics, prelinguistics.

Pronunciation

microlinguistics

/ˌmʌɪkrə(ʊ)lɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks/