AskDefine | Define diachronic

Dictionary Definition

diachronic adj : used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time; "diachronic linguistics" [syn: historical] [ant: synchronic]

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English

Etymology

From dia- through, along with + chronos time

Adjective

  1. occuring or changing along with time
    • "...one salient value of archival magazine preservation is that individual issues register, however unintentionally, the small, incremental, diachronic movements within a culture." — Los Angeles Times, April 24, 2005
    Diachronic linguistics is the study of language change; it is also called historical linguistics.

Extensive Definition

Diachronic or Diachronous is a technical term for something happening over time. It is used in several fields of research.
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