What is metalanguage?

Metalanguage is the language teachers and learners use to talk about the English language, learning and teaching.

Example: Words such as 'verb', 'noun' and 'reported speech' are all examples of common classroom metalanguage.

Metalanguage you should know by now (and if you don't then look it up!):

  • Metaphor
  • Similie
  • Pun
  • Symbolism
  • Imagery
  • Irony
  • Alliteration
  • Analogy
  • Argument
  • Characterisation
  • Contention
  • Evidence
  • Mood and atmosphere
  • Narrative
  • Rebuttal
  • Style
  • Theme

Metalanguage we are learning in class:

  • Allegory

Metalanguage for studying plays: