diachronic linguistics

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Noun1.diachronic 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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The final paper in this section on diachronic linguistics is Ondrej Tichy and Jan Cermak's "Measuring Typological Syntheticity of English Diachronically with the Use of Corpora.
Aarts, the Director of the Survey of English Usage and Professor of English Linguistics at UCL; Close, Lecturer in English Language at the University of Chester; Leech, Emeritus Professor of English Linguistics at Lancaster University; and Wallis, Senior Research Fellow in the Survey of English Usage at UCL, make a significant contribution in the area of diachronic linguistics by producing this book as an outcome of their research on The Changing Verb Phrase in present-day British English funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
Consequently, according to this decidedly anti-functionalist paradigm, "optimization" and "simplification" do not play any interesting role in diachronic linguistics, since changes are not gradual (p.
The way that structuralism works in diachronic linguistics is that the linguist first carries out two synchronic studies (of Old High German and Middle High German, for example), and only afterwards charts the transition from one synchronic state to the other.
But in placing Hardy's poetry in particular at the end of a tradition rather than at the beginning of a new one (modernism), and in parallel to the transition from a diachronic linguistics to a Saussurean, Taylor's defence becomes something of an apology, and even he cannot avoid calling Hardy's language, by the end of the book, a 'Frankensteinian creation' (p.