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internal reconstruction

noun

, Historical Linguistics.
  1. the hypothetical reconstruction of an earlier stage of a language or of some part of it, as its phonology, by deductions from irregularities in its present structure, as the reconstruction of a stage in English when certain instances of r were related to s in a systematic way by comparing the pair was:were to other pairs, as lose:forlorn.


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As regards the internal reconstruction of France, the case is very different.

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