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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
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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]
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lexicostatistics

the study of languages and their vocabularies by statistical methods for historical purposes. Cf. glottochronology. — lexicostatistic, lexicostatistical, adj.
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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
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Lexikostatistik
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A lexicostatistical classification of the Austronesian languages.
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Wesson (2002) conducted preliminary lexicostatistical analysis of the languages of eastern Victoria and far south-eastern New South Wales and found that the Birrdhawal language (as represented in Mathews (1907)) shared five percent commonality with Thauaira (Thawa) and 11 percent commonality with Ngarigu.