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philology (noun) scientific study of languages or of a language.
A person is interested in philology if they are interested in knowing the origin of languages, their evolution, the various changes that have taken place in them with the passages of time, etc.. Philology deals also with the origin of a word, its change of meaning, its present use, etc..
- Philology shows that the North Indian languages including Sanskrit and all the European languages were all derived from a single language, and that from that single language these languages developed when its people migrated to different areas.
- He studied philology and so knows the origin and change of the meaning of several words.