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  1. (in comparative linguistics) is a technique used by linguists to demonstrate genetic relationships between languages

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  2. It aims to prove that two or more historically attested languages are descended from a single hypothethical proto-language by comparing lists of cognate terms

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  3. From these cognate lists, regular sound correspondences between the languages are established, and a sequence of regular sound changes can then be postulated which allows the proto-language to be reconstructed from its daughter languages

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  4. Relation is deemed certain only if a partial reconstruction of the common ancestor is feasible, and if regular sound correspondences can be established with chance similarities ruled out

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  5. Developed in the 19th century through the study of the Indo-European languages, the comparative method remains the standard by which mainstream linguists judge whether two languages are related, with alternative lexicostatistical methods widely consi

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