Intelligent Design, the best explanation of Origins

This is my personal virtual library, where i collect information, which leads in my view to Intelligent Design as the best explanation of the origin of the physical Universe, life, and biodiversity

You are not connected. Please login or register

Intelligent Design, the best explanation of Origins » Philosophy and God » Defining philosophical terms

Defining philosophical terms

Go down  Message [Page 1 of 1]

1Defining philosophical terms Empty Re: Defining philosophical terms on Mon 19 Oct 2009 - 22:40



Etymology (pronounced /etɪˈmɒlədʒi/) is the study of the history of words and how their form and meaning have changed over time.
For languages with a long written history, etymologists make use of texts in these languages, and texts about the languages, to gather knowledge about how words were used at earlier stages, and when they entered the languages in question. Etymologists also apply the methods of comparative linguistics to reconstruct information about languages that are too old for any direct information to be available. By analyzing related languages with a technique known as the comparative method, linguists can make inferences about their shared parent language and its vocabulary. In this way, word roots have been found which can be traced all the way back to the origin of, for instance, the Indo-European language family.
Even though etymological research originally grew from the philological tradition, nowadays much etymological research is done on language families where little or no early documentation is available, such as Uralic and Austronesian.


Die Etymologie (von altgr. ἔτυμος étymos „wahrhaftig“, „wirklich“, „echt“ und -logie) wird als Wissenschaftszweig der historischen Linguistik zugeordnet. Hier werden Herkunft und Geschichte der Wörter ergründet und damit, wie sich ihre Bedeutung und Form entwickelt haben.
Die Ergebnisse der Erforschung der Etymologien finden sich in gedrängter Form in etymologischen Wörterbüchern.

Back to top  Message [Page 1 of 1]

Permissions in this forum:
You cannot reply to topics in this forum