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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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
Translations
Historische Sprachwissenschaft
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The project thus combines cross-linguistic research on grammar, cross-linguistic corpus research and historical linguistics in a ground- breaking way.
Could the Christians who have been described by historical linguistics to have been weak in the classical rules of the language become the beacons of its modernity in the nineteenth century?
In addition, there is no compelling case in historical linguistics for linking Chamorro with northern Luzon, while the absence of domestic pig, dog and commensal rat (Rattus exulans) in early sites in the Marianas (Anderson 2009) does not support the notion of a deliberate migration voyage.
The majority view in historical linguistics is that the homeland of Indo-European is located in the Pontic steppes (present day Ukraine) around 6,000 years ago.
His dissertation was an analysis of Benuaq Dayak autochthonous religion using methods from ethnolinguistics, cognitive anthropology, and historical linguistics and is based on ethnographic data collected during fieldwork in East Kalimantan, 2004-2008.
This is the historical linguistics use of the asterisk and makes sense here in that it represents reconstructed forms.
The findings mean existing models of human colonisation, ecological change and historical linguistics for the region now require substantial revision.
Building upon previously neglected sources, like the records of the French White Fathers mission, and historical linguistics, the articles in this new volume attempt to shed new light upon the institution of slavery and the slave trade in the Great Lakes region.
La Penna concludes her essay by lamenting the paucity, in Italy, of innovative studies dedicated to translation theory, which she ascribes to the "strong traditions of historical linguistics and stylistics" (21) and to the long-lasting influence of Benedetto Croce, who regarded translation as mere approximation.
There are, nevertheless, sources to be mined, in Henry Morton Stanley and David Livingstone's accounts of their travels, used successfully by anthropologists, in the archives of the Catholic White Fathers who purchased and freed slaves, in demographic models of both West African slave societies and North American plantation slavery, and in historical linguistics, as David Schoenbrun's chapter, "Violence, Marginality, Score and Honour," demonstrates.
Its main drawback is the almost total absence of historical linguistics or morphological analysis.
Furthermore, he wrote a fantasy, "Lead," also in The Periodic Table, that shows a remarkable knowledge of historical linguistics and is an incentive to further study.

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