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