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- noun Plural form of
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Those linguists, or glottologists with philosophical endowments, who have best fathomed questions of language, resemble (to employ a worn but efficacious figure) workmen piercing a tunnel: at a certain point they must hear the voices of their companions, the philosophers of Aesthetic, who have been piercing it from the other side.
Whatever the reason, we will presumably do well to heed the advice of Archibald H. Sayce in his Principles of Comparative Philology (1874): "As glottologists, we have to begin with roots."
So as we will see, it was the glossographers, compilers of glossaries, collectors and annotators of lists of obscure and foreign words, who were the antecedents of the glossologists and glottologists who were to become the linguists of today.