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comparative method

noun, Historical Linguistics
a body of procedures and criteria used by linguists to determine whether and how two or more languages are related and to reconstruct forms of their hypothetical parent language. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Properly understood, it is as mathematically exact as any comparative method can possibly be.

    The Serf Guy Thorne
  • For the first time since Numenius we find again a comparative method.

    Plotinos: Complete Works, v. 4 Plotinos (Plotinus)
  • To complete the picture of any past age there is no resource but the comparative method.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • It is that suggested by the law of evolution and enforced by the comparative method.

    Evolution Joseph Le Conte
  • The comparative method is appealed to where direct evidence is wanting.

    Logic Carveth Read
  • This simply means that they have been constantly applying the comparative method, and profiting by the application.

  • By pursuing an historical and comparative method we can detect that even the human factor is not quite indeterminable.

    Some Principles of Maritime Strategy Julian Stafford Corbett
  • These considerations raise a further question as to the employment of the comparative method.

  • For purposes of identification, a comparative method is often quite as efficacious, and much more easy than actual measurement.

  • The work which has to be accomplished by the comparative method of research is of such magnitude that it needs to be considered.

    Folklore as an Historical Science George Laurence Gomme

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