Historical Linguistics Linguists Organization Network
Historical linguistics (often called diachronic linguistics) is the study of language changing over time and conditions. It has five main areas:

  • to analyze and account for observed changes in particular languages;
  • to rebuild the pre-history of languages and detect the relations between them, sorting them into language families (comparative linguistics);
  • to develop general theories about language changes;
  • to describe the history of speech communities;
  • to study the history of words, i.e. etymology.


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Cognitive Linguistics
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Generative Linguistics
Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Anthropology
Neurolinguistics
Sociolinguistics
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