x1 is an emic unit abstracted from etic unit/set of units x2 in theoretical field/according to theoretical model x3; x1 is emic.
Counterpart to etkuni 'etic unit'; synonymous with se etkuni. A distinction between 'emic' and 'etic' units is made in many schools of linguistics. (A very different emic-etic distinction is used in anthropology and sociology, referring to contrasting approaches to field research.) The terms derive from 'phonemic' and 'phonetic'. The phoneme is the prototypical emic unit; it is a meaningful entity abstracted from a class of physically distinct sounds (allophones), which are its constituent 'etic' units. A distinction is likewise made between morphemes (emic) and allomorphs (etic), and between graphemes and glyphs. Other emic terms that have seen academic use include 'grammeme', 'sememe', 'noeme', 'tagmeme', and 'taxeme'.