lexicostatistics


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lexicostatistics

(ˌlɛksɪkəʊstəˈtɪstɪks)
n
(Linguistics) (functioning as singular) the statistical study of the vocabulary of a language, with special attention to the historical links with other languages. See also glottochronology

lex•i•co•sta•tis•tics

(ˌlɛk sɪ koʊ stəˈtɪs tɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the statistical study of the vocabulary of a language or languages for historical purposes.
[1955–60]

lexicostatistics

the study of languages and their vocabularies by statistical methods for historical purposes. Cf. glottochronology. — lexicostatistic, lexicostatistical, adj.
See also: Linguistics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lexicostatistics - a statistical technique used in glottochronology; used to estimate how long ago different languages evolved from a common source language
etymology - the study of the sources and development of words
Translations
Lexikostatistik
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1967 The Barito Isolects of Borneo: A Classification Based on Comparative Reconstruction and Lexicostatistics.
Bereczki 1974 and Bereczki 1988:314-315) and later rejected, based on phonology (Hakkinen 2007, 2012), lexical analyses (Michalove 2002) and recently on lexicostatistics (Blazek 2012).
In order to group the varieties as closely related, we will primarily look for shared innovation, but also take non-linguistic data and lexicostatistics into account, the latter with a great deal of caution.