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- adj. Of or pertaining to the history of literature and words.
- adj. Pertaining to historical linguistics.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of or pertaining to philology.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Relating to or concerned with philology: as, philological study; the American Philological Association.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or dealing with philology
Of literary blunders probably the philological are the most persistent and the most difficult to kill.
It has copied, by the aid of the telescope, the trilingual arrow-headed inscriptions written 300 feet high upon the face of the rocks of Behistun; and though the alphabets and the languages in which these long inscriptions were "graven with a pen of iron and lead upon the rocks for ever," had been long dead and unknown, yet, by a kind of philological divination, Archæology has exorcised and resuscitated both; and from these dumb stones, and from the analogous inscriptions of Van,
"philological" proof of the modern origin of one of those authorities, the folio of 1632.
According to most of the philological authorities, it denotes "dried clay that emits a sound" (i.e., when it is struck); and since it is used in the Quran exclusively with reference to the creation of man, it seems to contain an allusion to the power of articulate speech which distinguishes man from all other animal species, as well as to the brittleness of his existence (cf. the expression "like pottery" in 55:14).
Solesmes never understood this, but we should recognize the learned and large philological work executed on the old manuscripts.
And then adduce philological and dating evidence to prove it ...
Anthropologist Kenneth Kennedy concludes of Gobineau and Chamberlain, that they "transformed the Aryan concept, which had its humble origins in philological research conducted by Jones in Calcutta at the end of the eighteenth century, into the politics and racial doctrines of Adolph Hitler's Third Reich."
It can be a vicious sort of fun to indulge in pet linguistic peeves, but philological scrutiny can sometimes undermine them.
The main text unites the aspects of philological accuracy and transparency with being easy-to-handle, and it tries to meet the expectations of both expert scholars and students less well-versed in liturgical studies and the Latin tongue.
After a short exposition on the Use of Esztergom, it provides a philological-bibliographical description of all the different editions and its surviving copies.