Word Archaeology: diachronic

First used in the early 20th Century, this word – apparently derived from Greek and French – refers to changes tracked over time in language and culture. A diachronic approach to linguistics, for example, explores the evolution of a given language over the centuries. The alternative approach, called synchronic, views language as it is during a specific point in time, without historical context.

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Wes Platt

Lead storyteller. Game designer and journalist. Recovering Floridian.

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