isogloss

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A map showing the Uerdingen line, the isogloss between German Low German ik and Central German ich

From iso- +‎ gloss, ultimately from Ancient Greek ἴσος (ísos, equal) (possibly from Proto-Indo-European *wi- (to separate)) + γλῶσσα (glôssa, tongue; language) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *glōgʰs).

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isogloss (plural isoglosses)

  1. (sociolinguistics, geography) A line on a map indicating the geographical boundaries of a linguistic feature.
    Synonyms: heterogloss

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