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Language, history of

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Author(s): Reichmann, Oskar | Wiedner, Saskia
1. ConceptThe term “history of language” has two meanings: (1) the evolution of a language over time; (2) the discipline investigating these processes: the study of language history.The units of a language (phonemes/graphemes, morphemes, lexemes, syntactic patterns, text forms), ordered hierarchically with fluid boundaries, are also a subject of language history research. Accordingly there is a species of language history that primarily consists in the history of phonemes, morphemes, lexemes, syntax, or text. This is de…
Date: 2019-10-14