Origin of philology
Examples from the Web for philology
All the light to be thrown on this subject had to come from philology and from the geography of plants and animals.Teutonic Mythology, Vol. 1 of 3|Viktor Rydberg, Ph.D.
His two great passions were philology and p. 58occultism, but he also took great interest in rubbings from brass monuments.Theodore Watts-Dunton|James Douglas
Philology relates to the study of language, especially when treated in a philosophical manner.1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described|Edward S. Ellis
The Greek philology team spends three-quarters of its time in touring the country.The Patient Observer|Simeon Strunsky
The foundation of Romance philology was due, indeed, to the foreigners Wolf and Diez.
Word Origin for philology
late 14c., "love of learning," from Latin philologia "love of learning, love of letters, love of study, literary culture," from Greek philologia "love of discussion, learning, and literature; studiousness," from philo- "loving" (see philo-) + logos "word, speech" (see logos).
Meaning "science of language" is first attested 1716 (philologue "linguist" is from 1590s; philologer "linguistic scholar" is from 1650s); this confusing secondary sense has not been popular in the U.S., where linguistics is preferred. Related: Philological.