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dialectology

[dahy-uh-lek-tol-uh-jee]
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noun, plural di·a·lec·tol·o·gies for 2.
  1. Linguistics. the study dealing with dialects and dialect features.
  2. the linguistic features of a dialect or of the dialects of a language.
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Origin of dialectology

First recorded in 1875–80; dialect + -o- + -logy
Related formsdi·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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dialectology

noun
  1. the study of dialects and dialectal variations
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Derived Formsdialectological (ˌdaɪəˌlɛktəˈlɒdʒɪkəl), adjectivedialectologically, adverbdialectologist, noun
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