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lexicostatistics

[lek-si-koh-stuh-tis-tiks] /ˌlɛk sɪ koʊ stəˈtɪs tɪks/
noun, (used with a singular verb) Linguistics
1.
the statistical study of the vocabulary of a language or languages for historical purposes.
Compare glottochronology.
Origin
1955-1960
1955-60; lexic(on) + -o- + statistics
Related forms
lexicostatistic, lexicostatistical, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for lexicostatistics

lexicostatistics

/ˌlɛksɪkəʊstəˈtɪstɪks/
noun
1.
(functioning as sing) 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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