dialectology

[ dahy-uh-lek-tol-uh-jee ]
/ ˌdaɪ ə lɛkˈtɒl ə dʒi /

noun, plural di·a·lec·tol·o·gies for 2.

Linguistics. the study dealing with dialects and dialect features.
the linguistic features of a dialect or of the dialects of a language.

Origin of dialectology

First recorded in 1875–80; dialect + -o- + -logy

OTHER WORDS FROM dialectology

di·a·lec·to·log·ic [dahy-uh-lek-tl-oj-ik] /ˌdaɪ əˌlɛk tlˈɒdʒ ɪk/, di·a·lec·to·log·i·cal, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for dialectology

dialectology
/ (ˌdaɪəlɛkˈtɒlədʒɪ) /

noun

the study of dialects and dialectal variations

Derived forms of dialectology

dialectological (ˌdaɪəˌlɛktəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivedialectologically, adverbdialectologist, noun
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