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Explanation: Your author may be confused between comparative and contrastive lingiuistics, but there is a difference--the first is diachronic, and the second is synchronic. I have had courses in both. Below are explanations and examples of both.
- "Comparative linguistics" is synonymous with historical linguistics, diachronic linguistics, or philology. It is a very old discipline. Most importantly, it is DIACHRONIC.(MV)
- "Contrastive linguistics" is synonymous with "contrastive analysis," in which L1 is compared with L2 "in order to predict areas of greatest learning difficulty" (David Crystal, Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language). It is also used in the study of language typology. It builds on the philosophy of generative linguistics (introduced by Chomsky). It is SYNCHRONIC. (MV)
Examples of "comparative linguistics":
... Historical linguistics (also diachronic linguistics or comparative linguistics)
is primarily the study of languages which are recognizably related ...
... of the field of comparative philology or comparative linguistics. ... of sound
combination that carry meaning (for example, word roots and affixes). ...
... Definition and recommended coverage. 'Contrastive linguistics' (or CL) is
synonymous with 'contrastive analysis' (CA) but only the latter is a countable ... www.lang.ltsn.ac.uk/resources/ goodpractice.aspx?resourceid
Generative Approaches to Contrastive Linguistics (GACL 1) - [ Traduzca esta página ]
... Generative Approaches to Contrastive Linguistics (GACL 1). — The Grammars of
English and Greek in Comparison —. Workshop organized by the Department of ... www.punksinscience.org/kleanthes/GACL/ - 63k - En caché - Páginas similares
Monica Colangelo Argentina Local time: 10:59 Native speaker of: Spanish PRO pts in category: 12
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Explanation: Department of Comparative Linguistics ()... Department of Comparative Linguistics. Show printer-friendly view Print ... Secretariat: Sources and doctrine in the early Irish linguistic treatise ... www.onderzoekinformatie.nl/ en/oi/nod/organisatie/ORG1235433/toon - 20k - Cached - Similar pages
Comparative linguistics - Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz... Comparative linguistics deals with the approximately 6000 languages that are ... Comparative linguistics is interdisciplinary and closely connected to ... www.uni-mainz.de/studium/2310.php - Similar pages
George Rabel Local time: 09:59 Native speaker of: Spanish PRO pts in category: 34