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1. Diachronic arrangement or analysis.
2. Change occurring over time.


(Linguistics) a change over time, esp in languages


(daɪˈæk rə ni)

n., pl. -nies.
a. a diachronic approach to language study.
b. change or development in a language over a period of time.
2. historical change.

diachronism, diachrony

the comparative study of a development based on its history. — diachronic, diachronistic, diachronistical, adj.
See also: Time
the study and description of the change or development in the structural systems of a language over a stated period of time. Also called historical linguistics. Cf. synchronic linguistics. — diachronic, adj.
See also: Linguistics
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.diachrony - the study of linguistic change; "the synchrony and diachrony of language"
linguistics - the scientific study of language
sound law - a law describing sound changes in the history of a language
deriving, etymologizing, derivation - (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
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Reevaluating the nature of interactions between tone and segment in phonology, linguists investigate such issues as what tone-segment interactions exist and how the facts can be incorporated into a phonological account of the language, whether interaction between tones and vowel quality really is universally absent, what types of tone-consonant interactions appear across languages, and the relationship between diachrony and synchrony in relevant processes.
In New Applications of Role and Reference Grammar: Diachrony, Grammaticalization, Romance Languages, edited by Rolf Kailuweit, Bjorn Wiemer, Eva Standinger and Ranko Matasovic, 328-355.
Far from being "a manifesto of historiographical discontinuity" (Agamben 15), Foucault's archaeology in Agamben's interpretation remains outside all dichotomies between the "archaic" and "contemporary," seeking to think an undecidability "in regards to diachrony and synchrony, imicity and multiplicity" (29).
In this approach, not only the uniqueness of one that separates it from the 'all" is missing, the specific life span of the one, which is captured by the term diachrony by Levinas, is also reduced to the postulated presence of an individual at the time of the theorization.
Israel Sanz-Sanchez, The Diachrony of New Mexican Spanish, 1683-1926: Philology, Corpus Linguistics and Dialect Change, tesis de doctorado inedita, Berkeley: University of California Berkeley, 2009.
He goes on to summarize the prevailing view of BH diachrony, according to which, broadly speaking, the Babylonian Exile serves as the watershed separating First-Temple CBH and Second-Temple LBH, noting such challenges as dialect and listing a few of the major relevant scholarly works.
Vaninskaya finds Tolkien to be a "Victorian Modernist" (363)--with much in common with Eliot, Joyce, and Pound and their interest in mythic allusions and fragments, but yet with perhaps still more interest, like the Victorians, in "origins and wholes, in diachrony and the continuous development revealed by historical philology" (364).
Lest this wording imply any serious opposition, Bernstein adds: "my approach has been one of synchrony on the border of diachrony.
An exploration of the diachrony of mapudungun valency-changing operations.
Rules are not consequent but subjacent: rule A applies if and only if rule B applies (that is, A is subjacent to B), which implies but does not define a derivational diachrony.
In the drone matrix, the diachrony of the past is synchronised in the present.
At the beginning of the book Gumbrecht writes a "User's Manual" reminiscent to Julio Cortazar's Hopscotch (1963) and Milorad Pavitch's Khazar Dictionary (1984), informing the reader that he or she can begin to read anywhere in the text and hereafter either read on or jump back to a random section, thereby deliberately shuffling synchrony and diachrony and thus leaving to the reader's discretion the task .