historical linguistics


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historical linguistics

n. (used with a sing. verb)
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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historical linguistics

n
(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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historical linguistics

The study of the changes in a language over a period of time.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
deriving, etymologizing, derivation - (historical linguistics) an explanation of the historical origins of a word or phrase
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Translations
Historische Sprachwissenschaft
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"Not every [...] recent development [...] in the field of biology can find an insightful application in the work of historical linguistics".
However, until very recently, the developments just outlined have hardly influenced research in Historical Linguistics.
This is a revised and extended version of a paper read at the 12th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics held at Glasgow University, Scotland in August, 2002.
The comparative method of Indo-European linguists, which has become a widely accepted paradigma for historical linguistics in general, is based upon the principle that related languages diverge with passage of time.
Perinbam's argument would have benefited from a more rigorous use of historical linguistics in order to provide a firmer chronology of changes in identity during the more distant past.
English historical linguistics; an international handbook; v.1
A Neglected Phonetic Law: The Reduction of the Indo-European Laryngeals in Internal Syllables Before Yod." In Papers from the 5th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, ed.
The Handbook of Historical Linguistics is one of the Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics and contains 26 chapters on various topics in historical linguistics.
Even though it has already been three years since the latest typically student-oriented contribution by Smith (1999), the dramatically low number of textbooks on English historical linguistics has not increased much.
This is not, and is not intended to be, a straight-forward standard textbook on historical linguistics on the lines of, say, Theodora Bynon's Historical Linguistics (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1977).
Among the topics are Ma:tu'in: the bridge between kinship and "clan" in the Tewa Pueblos of New Mexico, Taos social history: a rhizomatic account, the historical linguistics of kin-term skewing in Puebloan languages, archaeological expressions of ancestral Hopi social organization, an archaeological perspective on Zuni social history, and from mission to mesa: reconstructing Pueblo social networks during the Pueblo Revolt period.

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