glottochronology

noun
glot·​to·​chro·​nol·​o·​gy | \ ˌglä-tō-krə-ˈnä-lə-jē How to pronounce glottochronology (audio) \

Definition of glottochronology

: a linguistic method that uses the rate of vocabulary replacement to estimate the date of divergence for distinct but genetically related languages

Other Words from glottochronology

glottochronological \ ˌglä-​tō-​ˌkrä-​nə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce glottochronological (audio) , -​ˌkrō-​ \ adjective

First Known Use of glottochronology

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glottochronology

glotto- + chronology

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“Glottochronology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glottochronology. Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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