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isogloss

Syllabification: i·so·gloss
Pronunciation: /ˈīsəˌɡlôs, -ˌɡläs
 
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Definition of isogloss in English:

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.

Origin

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

Derivatives

isoglossal

1
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.

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