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Synchrony ( ancient Greek σύν syn , German 'together with' and ancient Greek χρόνος chronos , German 'time' ) is the term used in linguistics for a method of linguistic observation that is strictly limited to the analysis of the manifestations existing at a certain time, i.e. in In contrast to the diachronic view, which compares several time levels.

“Diachrony” and “synchrony” are viewed in the specialist sciences as separate, methodologically exclusive approaches. However, some scholars such as Jack Goody ( The Logic of Writing and the Organization of Society , 1986/1990) deliberately disregard these methodological limitations.

See also


  • Georg Objartel : Language stage. In: Lexicon of German Linguistics. 2nd, completely revised and enlarged edition. Edited by Hans Peter Althaus , Helmut Henne, Herbert Ernst Wiegand. Niemeyer, Tübingen 1980, pp. 557-563, especially the section on language stage: Synchrony and Diachronie , ISBN 3-484-10391-4 , pp. 558-560.
  • Ferdinand de Saussure : Basic questions in general linguistics. 2nd Edition. De Gruyter, Berlin 1967. (Translation of the French original Cours de linguistique générale from 1916; crucial source for the conception of synchrony .)

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