neogrammarian

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neogrammarian

(ˌniːəʊɡrəˈmɛərɪən) linguistics
n
(Linguistics) a linguist who believes there to be no exceptions to phonetic laws (and that all apparent exceptions can be otherwise explained)
adj
(Linguistics) of or pertaining to (the beliefs of) neogrammarians
Translations
Junggrammatiker
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In a certain sense, to find forms such as those just cited introduced in all seriousness into a discussion of the SWCT does represent a considerable degree of success for Serruys in his decades of tilting at this particular windmill; the pity is that W's lack of familiarity with the Western literature on Chinese historical linguistics has seduced him into giving undeserved new currency to Serruys' infinitely malleable petitio principii reconstructions, moulded at will and free at last of the tiresome shackles of the Neo-grammarians and their assumption of regular sound-change.
But the comparative method of the Neo-grammarians, which, mutatis mutandis, is the method they are both using, can only recover phonemes, not phones, for earlier linguistic stages.
thus hammering yet another nail into the coffin of the Neo-grammarians.