Neogrammarian

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Neogrammarian One of a group of philologists who apply phonetic laws more widely and strictly than was formerly done, and who maintain that these laws admit of no real exceptions.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n neogrammarian An adherent of a school of students of comparative Indo-European grammar (since about 1875), who insist especially upon the importance and strictness of the laws of phonetic change.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Neogrammarian nē-ō-gra-mā′ri-an one of the more recent school in the study of Indo-European grammar and philology, who attach vast importance to phonetic change, and the laws governing it
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Neo-, + grammarian,; a translation of G. junggrammatiker,