isogloss
noun Etymology: International Scientific Vocabulary is- + Greek glōssa language — more at gloss Date: 1925 1. a boundary line between places or regions that differ in a particular linguistic feature 2. a line on a map representing an isogloss • isoglossal adjectiveisoglossic adjective

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  • isogloss — [ī′sō glôs΄, ī′səglôs΄] n. [< ISO + Gr glōssa, tongue, speech: see GLOSS2] Linguis. 1. a line of demarcation between regions differing in a particular feature of language, as on a point of pronunciation, vocabulary, etc. 2. such a line… …   English World dictionary

  • Isogloss — An isogloss is the geographical boundary or delineation of a certain linguistic feature, e.g. the pronunciation of a vowel, the meaning of a word, or use of some syntactic feature. Major dialects are typically demarcated by whole bundles of… …   Wikipedia

  • isogloss — isoglossal, adj. /uy seuh glos , glaws /, n. (in the study of the geographical distribution of dialects) a line on a map marking the limits of an area within which a feature of speech occurs, as the use of a particular word or pronunciation. [ <… …   Universalium

  • isogloss — noun /ˈaɪsəʊ̆ɡlɒs/ A line indicating the geographical boundaries of a linguistic feature on a map …   Wiktionary

  • isogloss — line connecting points of similar regional dialect Contour Lines …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • isogloss — [ ʌɪsə(ʊ)glɒs] noun Linguistics a line on a map marking an area having a distinct linguistic feature. Origin early 20th cent.: from iso + Gk glōssa tongue, word …   English new terms dictionary

  • isogloss — iso·gloss …   English syllables

  • isogloss — i•so•gloss [[t]ˈaɪ səˌglɒs, ˌglɔs[/t]] n. ling. (in the study of the geographical distribution of dialects) a line on a map marking the limits of an area within which a feature of speech occurs, as the use of a particular word or pronunciation •… …   From formal English to slang

  • isogloss — /ˈaɪsəglɒs/ (say uysuhglos) noun an imaginary line separating two localities which differ in some feature of their speech. {iso + Greek glossa word, speech, tongue} …   Australian English dictionary

  • isogloss —   n. a line of a dialect map delimiting localities in which some feature of speech is found. isoglossal, a …   Dictionary of difficult words

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