I'm in the middle of a programming article, and I don't know if this thing has a name or not.

Lot's of times you can analyse something in isolation. But as soon as you put that thing among other things, you have to analyse the relationships too. For example, if you want to analyse a word individually, you might use morphology, phonetics, and phonology. But if you want to analyse that word in a sentence, you should stick to syntax, intonation, and stuff like that.

What I'm searching for is a title for "things can be analysed both in isolation, and in context, and these analyses are different from each other in approach, and in result."

Do we have a term for that?

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    Compare and contrast? Jul 4, 2013 at 12:31
  • Not that one. Doesn't convey what I have in mind. I go for something like isolation & context, but I do like to see if it already has a name or not. Jul 4, 2013 at 12:44
  • 'analysis in context'?
    – Mitch
    Jul 4, 2013 at 13:10
  • La double articulation linguistique. Jul 4, 2013 at 13:36
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    Actually in Arabic a similar concept is named Tajzia & Tarkib or Sarf & E'rab analysis, which simply means that you analyze a word's attributes without considering its role in a sentence, or analyzing its role inside a sentence. Jul 4, 2013 at 13:43

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I am concerned that you used a single-word-request tag on the question, because all of the candidates appear to demand contrasting pairs.

The textual-contextual dichotomy seems analogous to your situation in a slightly different realm, as does connotation-denotation.

In some contexts, you might even consider internal-external or by extension instrinsic-extrinsic

  • Nice pairs. I actually liked textual-contextual. But based on the deductiveness issues I'm seeking here, I guess textual might be replaces with something that conveys isolation more. Jul 5, 2013 at 10:29

I am not sure if there is a word but if you are looking for a succinct phrase , how about "Semantic Relativism" ?

  • Thanks for answering, but how it's related? Jul 22, 2013 at 10:13

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