One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
treated as singular The study of similarities and differences between languages, in particular the comparison of related languages with a view to reconstructing forms in their lost parent languages.
- ‘Such sound shifts in comparative linguistics parallel, almost uncannily, the slow march of genetic mutations as offspring populations gradually separate from a parent stock.’
- ‘These historical and philosophical puzzles cannot be solved by turning to current scholarship in comparative linguistics or cognitive science, because those literatures are also in some disarray.’
- ‘Is this not another example of the pitfalls of comparative linguistics?’
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