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Definition of neogrammarian

: one of a school of philologists arising in Germany about 1875, advocating the more exact formulation of phonetic law and its more rigid application to linguistic phenomena, maintaining that phonetic laws admit no real exceptions, and recognizing analogy as a normal factor in linguistic change

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History and Etymology for neogrammarian

ne- + grammarian; translation of German junggrammatiker

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“Neogrammarian.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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