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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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Third, given the relentless diachrony of language--a process Saussure insisted was evolutionary, not revolutionary--bilateral symmetry may be understood to have left its traces in certain idiomatic locutions that now pass unnoticed.
While the study is successful in decoupling synchrony from diachrony, the incorporated data jumble together the formal and the colloquial and are not free of such mispronunciation (even hypercorrection)--as [xane?
Literature, therefore, exists in two ways: one in its continuity or diachrony, and the other in its individual form.
By derivational paradigm we mean all the derivatives that can be derived by productive synchronic means or recovered in the diachrony, along with the base of derivation, a basic strong verb.
Crossing the Jordan; diachrony versus synchrony in the Book of Joshua.
135-136) of how Victorian novel theorists turned to music to solve the riddle of how to reconcile synchrony with diachrony.
Connectives in Synchrony and Diachrony in European Languages (Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English, 8).
It appears that the definition provided by the OALD disclosed the meaning of the word via certain diachrony as it aimed to show not only the general meaning of the word, but also its usage in the past context as well as its applicability in the context of modern life.
In this sense, the phonemic inventory is partly shaped by diachrony and sociolinguistic forces (such as literacy and language contact).
6) The paradigm's historicity is an intersection of diachrony and synchrony.