Internal reconstruction is the methodological procedure by means of which one reconstructs earlier stages of linguistic features of a single language by reducing a set of synchronic alternations to a system of previous regularity.
1. Introductory Remarks
Reconstruction implies the reversion of language history and the reduction of diversity to identity. While external reconstruction based on the comparative method uses different, but genetically related languages …
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“Internal Reconstruction”, in:
Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last.
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