synchronic

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EtymologyEdit

From Ancient Greek σύν ‎(sún, with, in company with, together with) + χρόνος ‎(khrónos, time)

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synchronic ‎(not comparable)

  1. occurring at a specific point in time.
  2. (linguistics) relating to the study of a language at only one point in its history.

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  • (linguistics, relating to the study of a language at only one point in its history): Synchronic comparison of two languages focuses on categorizing phenomena typologically, whereas a diachronic comparison may be looking for common origins or causes of these phenomena, viewed as genetic relationships.

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