historical linguistics

historical linguistics

noun
the study of changes in a language or group of languages over a period of time.


Origin:
1920–25

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historical linguistics
 
n
(functioning as singular) Compare descriptive linguistics Also called: diachronic linguistics 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

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