historical linguistics

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historical linguistics

n. (used with a sing. verb)
The study of linguistic change over time in language or in a particular language or language family, sometimes including the reconstruction of unattested forms of earlier stages of a language. Also called philology.

historical linguistics

n
(Linguistics) (functioning as singular) the study of language as it changes in the course of time, with a view either to discovering general principles of linguistic change or to establishing the correct genealogical classification of particular languages. Also called: diachronic linguistics Compare descriptive linguistics

historical linguistics

The study of the changes in a language over a period of time.
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Noun1.historical linguistics - the study of linguistic change; "the synchrony and diachrony of language"
linguistics - the scientific study of language
sound law - a law describing sound changes in the history of a language
deriving, etymologizing, derivation - (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
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Historische Sprachwissenschaft
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The author has an established reputation as a historical linguist, with several groundbreaking works on Scots already to her credit; and the range and depth of her reading on the topic is impressively shown here.
The three editors--historical musicologists Fiamma Nicolodi and Renato Di Benedetto, and the historical linguist Paolo Trovato--embody the perspectives of LesMu.
This book will certainly belong on the bookshelf of every historical linguist and will be invaluable as a reference source for students and scholars.
Historical linguist Deutscher in this hefty book presents the origins of language.
While Professor Adelaar will no doubt remain best known as a historical linguist for his work on the origin and history of Malay, with Salako or Badamea, he has made a substantive and lasting contribution to the study of Borneo languages as well.
Despite such arguments, the Clovis culture model remained powerful and was soon tied to a three-migration hypothesis proposed by a historical linguist and two physical anthropologists.
Brinton, as a historical linguist, is one of the few scholars currently applying discourse-analytical methodology to OE and ME texts.
Subbarayalu's classic Political Geography of the Chola Country (1973), and the quantity of linguistic detail befits the editor's earlier work as a structural and historical linguist.
Statements (1), (2), and (4) are rather uncontroversial, and each historical linguist would subscribe to them without reservation.
Historical linguist Christopher Ehret's book harks back to older questions in this field and adds many new ones--about such things as religious history (e.
After all languages do change, and no sane historical linguist would suggest calling name or tongue a weak noun in Modem English just because they belonged to this category in an earlier stage of the development of the language.
Not every historical linguist embraces the idea of Chomsky's syntactocentrism with enthusiasm.

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