Definition of comparative linguistics noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


comparative linguistics

BrE BrE//kəmˌpærətɪv lɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks//
; NAmE NAmE//kəmˌpærətɪv lɪŋˈɡwɪstɪks//
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the study of how related languages are similar and different, especially in order to discover things about a language that both these languages came from, and that no longer exists
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: comparative linguistics