Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics

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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…

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William G. BOLTZ, “Etymology”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000147>
First published online: 2015

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