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Relative Chronology

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Author(s): Benjamin Fortson
Abstract Relative chronology refers to the order in which changes happen in a language’s history. It can be established on the basis of contemporary documentary evidence or, if such is lacking, through experiment to determine which sequence of posited changes produces the correct outcomes. Though establishing relative chronology is procedurally simple in principle, uncertainties and complex issues can arise depending on the nature of the available evidence. Both the methods and complications are …
Date: 2013-11-01