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inter'nal reconstruc'tion



Historical Ling.
the hypothetical reconstruction of an earlier stage of a language or of some part of it, as its phonology, by deductions from irregularities in its present structure, as the reconstruction of a stage in English when certain instances of r were related to s in a systematic way by comparing the pair was:were to other pairs, as lose:forlorn.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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