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(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.
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the study of languages and their vocabularies by statistical methods for historical purposes. Cf. glottochronology. — lexicostatistic, lexicostatistical, adj.See also: Linguistics
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|Noun||1.||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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