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Of or concerned with phenomena, such as linguistic features, as they change through time.

[From dia- + Greek khronos, time.]

di′a·chron′i·cal·ly adv.


(ˌdaɪəˈkrɒnɪk) or


of, relating to, or studying the development of a phenomenon through time; historical: diachronic linguistics. Compare synchronic
[C19: from dia- + Greek khronos time]


(ˌdaɪ əˈkrɒn ɪk)

of or pertaining to the study of the changes in a language over a period of time: diachronic linguistics. Compare synchronic.
[1925–30; < French diachronique (French. de Saussure); see dia-, chronic]
di`a•chron′i•cal•ly, adv.


Used to describe the study of the development of a language over time.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.diachronic - used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time; "diachronic linguistics"
language, linguistic communication - a systematic means of communicating by the use of sounds or conventional symbols; "he taught foreign languages"; "the language introduced is standard throughout the text"; "the speed with which a program can be executed depends on the language in which it is written"
synchronic - concerned with phenomena (especially language) at a particular period without considering historical antecedents; "synchronic linguistics"


[ˌdaɪəˈkrɒnɪk] ADJdiacrónico


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The first diachronic study covers the external history from a socio-ideological viewpoint (Severo); the second text focuses on the internal history of the Romance languages from a functional perspective (Cambraia et al.
Gustafsson demonstrates this point by formulating a synchronic analogue of the diachronic money pump.
Current change, on the other hand, has emerged as one of the most interesting areas of research in the domains of diachronic English linguistics.
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The team of linguists affiliated with the English Department of the University of Helsinki have had a long tradition of diachronic corpus studies of English ever since they started compiling searchable text corpora in the early 1990s.