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Of or concerned with phenomena, such as linguistic features, as they change through time.

[From dia- + Greek khronos, time.]

di′a·chron′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌdaɪəˈkrɒnɪk) or


of, relating to, or studying the development of a phenomenon through time; historical: diachronic linguistics. Compare synchronic
[C19: from dia- + Greek khronos time]


(ˌdaɪ əˈkrɒn ɪk)

of or pertaining to the study of the changes in a language over a period of time: diachronic linguistics. Compare synchronic.
[1925–30; < French diachronique (French. de Saussure); see dia-, chronic]
di`a•chron′i•cal•ly, adv.


Used to describe the study of the development of a language over time.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.diachronic - used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time; "diachronic linguistics"
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
synchronic - concerned with phenomena (especially language) at a particular period without considering historical antecedents; "synchronic linguistics"


[ˌdaɪəˈkrɒnɪk] ADJdiacrónico


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Susan Bassnett notes that "Translation has played a fundamental role in cultural change, and as we consider the diachronics of translation practice we can learn a great deal about the position of receiving cultures in relation to source text cultures" (Comparative 161).
As one considers the diachronics of translation practice, the position of receiving cultures in relation to source text culture becomes very clear.
They have organized the papers into sections dealing with diachronics, genre, forms of functions, and methods applications.
Episodics, like Strawson, believe that identity states are discontinuous, whereas Diachronics believe they are continuous.
Provided with an endowment like this, Episodics begin to resemble Diachronics after all.
This considerable industry is explained not only by the broad diachronics of the succession, but also by its geographical isolation, since it is associated with a near peninsula bordered by the ocean in the west, the Tejo estuary in the south and the Tejo valley in the east, and particularly by the availability of raw material, essentially consisting of Cretaceous flint (Fig.
The diachronics of the Greek perfect from Homer to classical times
Indeed, the essay at large is designed to make room for the Episodic person in an intellectual scene dominated by Diachronics, and, in the final analysis, to show that the prevailing psychological and ethical Narrativity theses, the essential props of Diachronicity, are not only false but bad.
Strawson elaborates his "different strokes for different folks" view by distinguishing between Diachronics, who see the self as continuous over time ("something that was there in the past and that will be there in the future," [429]), and Episodics, who see the self as discontinuous over time (the self here in the present is not the same self that was here in the pastor that will be here in the future), though they recognize that these different selves are all part of the same human being who has persisted over time.
This sound must be an allophone of /i/ on the ground of diachronic fronting of the back vowels ([section]D14).