diachrony

diachrony

[dahy-ak-ruh-nee]
noun, plural diachronies.
1.
Linguistics.
a.
a diachronic approach to language study.
b.
change or development in a linguistic system over a period of time.
2.
historical change.

Origin:
1955–60; diachron(ic) + -y3

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