dialectology

noun

di·​a·​lec·​tol·​o·​gy ˌdī-ə-ˌlek-ˈtä-lə-jē How to pronounce dialectology (audio)
1
: the systematic study of dialect
2
: the body of data available for study of a dialect
dialectological adjective
dialectologically adverb

Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1820, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of dialectology was in 1820

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“Dialectology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dialectology. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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