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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
di•ach•ro•ny(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.
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
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|Noun||1.||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