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The study of linguistic change over time in language or in a particular language or language family, sometimes including the reconstruction of unattested forms of earlier stages of a language. Also called philology.
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(Linguistics) (functioning as singular) the study of language as it changes in the course of time, with a view either to discovering general principles of linguistic change or to establishing the correct genealogical classification of particular languages. Also called: diachronic linguistics Compare descriptive linguistics
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The study of the changes in a language over a period of time.
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|Noun||1.||historical linguistics - 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
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