noun (used with a singular verb)
the study of changes in a language or group of languages over a period of time.
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- historic episcopate,
- historic places trust,
- historical fiction,
- historical geology,
- historical materialism,
- historical method,
- historical novel,
- historical present,
- historical school
Origin of historical linguistics
First recorded in 1920–25
Also called diachronic linguistics.
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(functioning as singular) 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 languagesAlso called: diachronic linguistics Compare descriptive linguistics
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