Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

Get access

(7,560 words)

1. Definition

The index to William Dwight Whitney’s (1827–1894) Life and Growth of Language includes an entry that identifies etymology as “[the] foundation of linguistic science”.

“The whole process of linguistic research begins and depends upon etymology, the tracing out of the histories of individual words and…

Cite this page
William G. BOLTZ, “Etymology”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 28 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000147>
First published online: 2015

▲   Back to top   ▲