Definition of comparative linguistics in English:

comparative linguistics

Syllabification: com·par·a·tive lin·guis·tics


[treated as singular]
  • The study of similarities and differences between languages, in particular the comparison of related languages with a view to reconstructing forms in their lost parent languages.
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    • Such sound shifts in comparative linguistics parallel, almost uncannily, the slow march of genetic mutations as offspring populations gradually separate from a parent stock.
    • These historical and philosophical puzzles cannot be solved by turning to current scholarship in comparative linguistics or cognitive science, because those literatures are also in some disarray.
    • Is this not another example of the pitfalls of comparative linguistics?

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Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody