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Related to diachrony: synchrony and diachrony


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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Diachrony. Chart 1 exhibits a general hypothesis for vowel diachrony in Sahmirzadi.
The diachrony of the Germanic languages covers more than a thousand years.
Among their topics are some observations on the usage of adnominal genitives and datives in Middle Bulgarian Church Slavonic, possessive resultative constructions in Old and Middle Polish, mechanisms of word order change in Serbian during the 12th and 13th centuries, triangulation in the domain of clause linkage and propositional marking, and relativization strategies in Slovene: diachrony between language use and language description.
This reading is further corroborated by Giorgio Agamben, one of the most eminent contemporary ""Foucauldians." 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.
The role of language contact in the diachrony of Italian) posvecen razvoju formula zahvaljivanja u talijanskome dijasistemu u razdoblju izmedu XIV.
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).
More specifically, he is "a citizen of Athens on the border of Jerusalem." Lest this wording imply any serious opposition, Bernstein adds: "my approach has been one of synchrony on the border of diachrony."