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Reconstruction, Methodology
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Linguistic reconstruction is the process of making inferences about languages that are no longer spoken. Sometimes the goal is primarily to reconstruct some particular synchronic linguistic state: the language of a certain body of texts, or the language ancestral to a certain group of later languages. But in a broader sense, linguistic reconstruction involves the reconstruction of…

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William H. BAXTER, “Reconstruction, Methodology”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 30 June 2022 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000353>
First published online: 2015

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