Definition of historical linguistics in English:

historical linguistics

Line breaks: his¦tor|ic¦al lin|guis¦tics


[treated as singular]
  • The study of the history and development of languages.
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    • There had been isolated sprouts of good ideas but scientific historical linguistics had yet to develop.
    • Also at issue in virtually all of his stories is his fascination with both literary and linguistic theory and historical linguistics.
    • Training in psychology does not normally cover historical linguistics.

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