from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or concerned with phenomena, such as linguistic features, as they change through time.

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  • adj. Occurring or changing along with time.

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  • adj. used of the study of a phenomenon (especially language) as it changes through time


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From dia- + Greek khronos, time.

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From dia- +‎ chronic.


  • Strawson goes on to identify two personality types, which he calls the diachronic type, the kind of person disposed to conceive of themselves connected to both their past and future selves, and the episodic type, which is the kind of person who does not tend to conceive of their momentary self as part of a chain of selves stretching into the past and future.

    Mind Hacks

  • The present pope calls it 'diachronic' - a very useful term when 'relevance' is so often used to suggest that the contemporary is our only point of reference.


  • Through what they called the "diachronic" they studied the evolution of a language; and through what they called the "synchronic" they observed the systemic theory of language.

    Among the Simple

  • Whatever may be true of the kind of diachronic unity we just discussed, the kind of diachronic unity associated with personal identity is clearly a kind of memory, specifically, a kind of autobiographical memory.

    The Unity of Consciousness

  • Essentially the Moors and Ramapaughs rejected the "diachronic" or historical explanation of their origins in favor of a "synchronic" self-identity based on a "myth" of Indian adoption.


  • It was an obvious typing error on my part; my notes have it "diachronic" but I have "-tronics" on my mind a lot daily dealing with electronic devices I need in the continuence of my sane but eccentric existence; or I deal with the audiotronics surrounding me as I bump and grind with all the cell phone and cell phone-camera users flitting in and out of my life on an again daily basis at dinner last night at my favorite Irish pub, at a table of 10 Euro turistas, 5 of them were on cell phones during most of the meal.

    Among the Simple PART 2

  • In this way the Builders brilliantly capture the intersection of synchronic and diachronic axes while forcing us to interrogate our relationship with turkeys and technology.

    Boing Boing

  • However, in looking at the most recent issue of Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction (a publication to which I still subscribe and have myself contributed), one quickly comes upon a passage like this, from an essay on Richard Powers's The Gold Bug Variations: Across the various epistemic systems of encyclopedic information, diachronic narrative processes self-organize reactions and catalyze reciprocal, feedback relations across the textual network.

    Literary Study

  • Symbols phonemic notation becomes, goes to (diachronic shift)

    Societies, Religion, and History: Central East Tanzanians and the World They Created, c. 200 BCE to 1800 CE

  • Using a new data set for the U.S. states spanning 73 years and case studies of Texas and Louisiana, the authors are able to more carefully examine both the diachronic nature and comparative legs of the resource curse hypothesis than previous research has.

    Archive 2008-07-01


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