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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.
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(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]
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(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.
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Used to describe the study of the development of a language over time.
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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"
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[ˌdaɪəˈkrɒnɪk] ADJdiacrónico
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He analyzes the phonology of the two dialects from both synchronic and diachronic perspectives, focusing on three typological parameters: syllable structure, phonotactic restrictions, and phonological processes.
The permanent exhibition Cyprus, the Sea and the Lighthouse: A Diachronic History will celebrate the restoration of the area of the lighthouse within the archaeological site of Kato Paphos.
Still, this collection navigates the divide between synchronic and diachronic methodologies quite nicely.
For this task, the scribes needed only a synchronic understanding of their language; they were not language historians with access to diachronic scholarship.
Rather, it's that Darwin Deleted uses a linear, "horizontal," diachronic organization as the implicit model upon to set its counterfactual history.
Eugenio L Giusti, The Renaissance Courtesan in Words, Letters and Images: Social Amphibology and Moral Framing (A Diachronic Perspective), LED: Milan, 2014; 96 pp.: 9788879166843, 17.50 [euro] (pbk)
Gustafsson demonstrates this point by formulating a synchronic analogue of the diachronic money pump.
Some specific subjects addressed include Middle English, the elimination of velar fricatives, secondary agent constructions from a diachronic perspective, and J.
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.