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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Hers is the chapter in which the intellectual debt to Jan Vansina's pioneering work on African historical linguistics is most explicitly acknowledged, not least because Stephens' temporal horizon over a thousand years finds no parallel in this volume.
The first section asserts the controversial traditional historical linguistics position that only typologically marked features constitute proper evidence of substrate influence.
This project will unite researchers with outstanding expertise in African archaeology, archaeobotany and historical linguistics to form a unique cross-disciplinary team that will shed new light on the first Bantu-speaking village communities south of the rainforest.
His greatest impact was in the fields of historical linguistics, historiography, antiquarianism, and historical geography.
Professor Fisiak's international recognition is mostly due to his work on English historical linguistics, however the scope of his scholarly interests exceeds both the discipline and the realm of the English language.
Hoogervorst's strengths in historical linguistics come out clearly in the second chapter of his monograph, simply titled 'Methodology'.
Thus, even though Turner recognizes how much of the philological work of historical linguistics revolved around studies of spoken language, he draws attention to the ways in which such work could become comparative only when languages took written form.
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?
Sign Language Archaeology" reveals the contrast between folk etymology and scientific etymology and allows readers to see ASL in terms of historical linguistics.
The chapters deal with subjects as diverse as grammar, lexis, historical linguistics, and sociolinguistics.
This should prove a landmark work in Scottish social and historical linguistics.
This is the first volume in the series "Brill's Studies in Historical Linguistics.

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