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

  • n. The study or systematic classification of types that have characteristics or traits in common.
  • n. A theory or doctrine of types, as in scriptural studies.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. the systematic classification of the types of something according to their common characteristics
  • n. the result of the classification of things according to their characteristics
  • n. linguistic typology

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A discourse or treatise on types.
  • n. The doctrine of types.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The doctrine of types or symbols; a discourse on types, especially those of Scripture.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. classification according to general type


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  • The structure's octagonal, centralized typology, is also troubling.

    Two Unfortunate and Unnecessary Cathedral Extensions in Australia

  • Another typology is Publicist as Biggest Fan, where the publicist, after a ten-hour workday, is the only person who shows up for the author's reading.

    September 2006

  • This kind of parallelism is called typology, or symbolic exegesis.

    A Handbook of Symbols in Christian Art

  • “Comparison” is here not comparison for comparison's sake (i.e., what in linguis - tics is usually called typology or typological compari - son) but for the sake of retrieving a past, linguistic or evolutionary as the case may be.


  • Tony, I was referring to the American "bible" on class, Paul Fussell's classic treatise: "Class: A Guide Through the American Status System" and some popular works based on his typology, which is:

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  • It is often said that allegory, outside the specifically historical mode known as typology, is antihistorical.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas

  • But in Wood's own "typology" of humor, the "gentle" comedy he likes seems unavoidably sentimental to me.

    Comedy in Literature

  • For a really interesting discussion of the "typology" of presidents which is fully consistent with Obama's point, see Jack Balkin's blog (excerpt below):

    Election Central | Talking Points Memo | Obama: Reagan Changed Direction Of Country In Way Bill Clinton Didn't

  • He clearly has in mind shared natures -- the triangle example requires this; but he calls it 'typology', and type essentialism has generally been more popular in biology than shared nature essentialism.

    Essentialism and Darwin (III)

  • Sometimes it seems that linguists like that kind of typology too much, dividing everything (usually) into threes or (sometimes) fours just from professional habit. LOWLANDS LANGUAGES.


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  • I use and see this word a lot, but not in a religious sense. Wikipedia's definition is adequate (and public domain):

    a subfield of linguistics that studies and classifies languages according to their structural features

    October 31, 2009

  • And, for those who don't like Greek*: wordstem cutting. So sad you don't use talea for stem cutting (in Italian, I would suggest talea listatoria that sounds so Latin).

    *I can hardly think of something so... against nature.

    April 14, 2008

  • Of course it exists... from now on: logocladogenesis* (and logocladogenesimania).

    *"creating a (new) branch out of a word".

    April 14, 2008

  • Your comment here, reesetee, apart from being fun, has co-incided with a thought I had this morning. I'm posting on features.

    April 14, 2008

  • There must be a word for the strong urge to turn a Wordie discussion into a list. ;-)

    April 14, 2008

  • What I know is that soon we'll have an omphalological list.

    April 14, 2008

  • Omphalosepsis? I had no idea introspection could be so dangerous.

    April 14, 2008

  • Better than omphalosepsis, I suspect. But yes, I aspire to be a leading omphalologist.

    April 14, 2008

  • Wow. Some major omphaloskepsis here, all right. ;-)

    April 12, 2008

  • I consider myself among the "well-balanced wordies". (Do they exist?)

    April 11, 2008

  • I think the main activities engaged in by Wordies are: listing, citing, sniping from the gallery, list-making, tagging, and self-analysis.

    April 11, 2008

  • Don't forget tagging (see discussion there). Some Wordies are more taghappy than others.

    April 11, 2008

  • Further broken down between useful listings or citations and mere sniping from the gallery.

    Put me down for the sniping section.

    April 11, 2008

  • A typology of Wordies might begin by looking at the propensity for listing versus contribution of citations.

    April 11, 2008