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Internal Reconstruction
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Internal reconstruction is the methodological procedure by means of which one reconstructs earlier stages of linguistic features of a single language by reducing a set of synchronic alternations to a system of previous regularity.

1. Introductory Remarks

Reconstruction implies the reversion of language history and the reduction of diversity to identity. While external reconstruction based on the comparative method uses different, but genetically related languages or dial…

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Daniel Kölligan, “Internal Reconstruction”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 01 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000191>
First published online: 2013

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