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lexicostatistics

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  • n. Statistical estimation of the degree of linguistic divergence between two languages, based on the proportion of cognates.

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  • n. a statistical technique used in glottochronology; used to estimate how long ago different languages evolved from a common source language

Etymologies

lexico- +‎ statistics (Wiktionary)

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