the study of the literatures of two or more groups differing in cultural background and, usually, in language, concentrating on their relationships to and influences upon each other.
noun 1. the study of the correspondences between languages that have a common origin.
[kuh m-par-uh-tiv] /kəmˈpær ə tɪv/ adjective 1. of or relating to . 2. proceeding by, founded on, or using as a method of study: comparative anatomy. 3. estimated by ; not positive or absolute; relative: a comparative newcomer in politics; to live in comparative luxury. 4. Grammar. being, noting, or pertaining to the intermediate degree […]
noun, Historical Linguistics. 1. a body of procedures and criteria used by linguists to determine whether and how two or more languages are related and to reconstruct forms of their hypothetical parent language.
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