[glot-oh-kruh-nol-uh-jee, glot-uh-] /ˌglɒt oʊ krəˈnɒl ə dʒi, ˌglɒt ə-/
the branch of lexicostatistics that studies the rate of replacement of vocabulary and attempts to determine what percentage of basic vocabulary two presently distinct but related languages share, using the information thus obtained to estimate how long ago they ceased being a single language.
the use of lexicostatistics to establish that languages are historically related
1953, from glotto- + chronology.
[glo-tog-uh-nee] /glɒˈtɒg ə ni/ noun, Linguistics. 1. the study of the putative origin of language.
[glo-tol-uh-jee] /glɒˈtɒl ə dʒi/ noun, Obsolete. 1. .
[glos-ter, glaw-ster] /ˈglɒs tər, ˈglɔ stər/ noun 1. Duke of, . 2. a seaport in W in SW England, on the Severn River. 3. a seaport in NE Massachusetts. 4. . /ˈɡlɒstə/ noun 1. a city in SW England, administrative centre of Gloucestershire, on the River Severn; cathedral (founded 1100). Pop: 123 205 (2001) Latin […]
- Gloucester cheese
noun a dense yellow English cheese similar to cheddar; also called Double Gloucester , Single Gloucester Word Origin made in Gloucestershire