lexicostatistics


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lexicostatistics

(ˌlɛksɪkəʊstəˈtɪstɪks)
n
(Linguistics) (functioning as singular) the statistical study of the vocabulary of a language, with special attention to the historical links with other languages. See also glottochronology
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lex•i•co•sta•tis•tics

(ˌlɛk sɪ koʊ stəˈtɪs tɪks)

n. (used with a sing. v.)
the statistical study of the vocabulary of a language or languages for historical purposes.
[1955–60]
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lexicostatistics

the study of languages and their vocabularies by statistical methods for historical purposes. Cf. glottochronology. — lexicostatistic, lexicostatistical, adj.
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Noun1.lexicostatistics - a statistical technique used in glottochronology; used to estimate how long ago different languages evolved from a common source language
etymology - the study of the sources and development of words
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Lexikostatistik
References in periodicals archive ?
The core idea of lexicostatistics is the analysis and comparison of wordlists compiled from the most stable part of the lexicon.
1967 The Barito isolects of Borneo: A classification based on comparative reconstruction and lexicostatistics. Data Paper no.
The book begins by discussing lexicostatistics as applied to the Semitic languages and reviewing the previous history of lexical isoglosses in Semitic.
Bereczki 1974 and Bereczki 1988:314-315) and later rejected, based on phonology (Hakkinen 2007, 2012), lexical analyses (Michalove 2002) and recently on lexicostatistics (Blazek 2012).
In order to group the varieties as closely related, we will primarily look for shared innovation, but also take non-linguistic data and lexicostatistics into account, the latter with a great deal of caution.
Rabin, "Lexicostatistics and the Internal Divisions of Semitic," in Hamito-Semitica: Proceedings of a Colloquium Held by the Historical Section of the Linguistics Association (Great Britain) at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, on the 18th, 19th and 20th of March 1970, ed.