Definition of isogloss in English:

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isogloss

Pronunciation: /ˈīsəˌɡläs/

noun

Linguistics
A line on a dialect map marking the boundary between linguistic features.
Example sentences
  • Such boundaries are called isoglosses and are themselves subjected to various shades of definition.
  • The following map, for example, shows several isoglosses for different grammatical features of Anishinaabemowin.
  • All words belonging to the same isogloss must have sound correspondences and clear similarities in form and meaning.

Derivatives

isoglossal

Pronunciation: /ˌīsəˈɡlôsəl/ /-ˈɡläsəl/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Even this inscription is not too extensive, and lacks many constructs which could be helpful for dialectical isoglossal comparison.

Origin

Early 20th century: from iso- 'equal' + Greek glōssa 'tongue, word'.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: i·so·gloss

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