Fr.: paléontologie linguistique
An approach in which terms reconstructed in the → proto-language are used to make inferences about its speakers' culture and environment.
→ language;→ paleontology.
The study of ancient life through → fossils.
From Fr. paléontologie, from paléo-, → paleo-, + onto-, from Gk. ont- "being," pr.p. of einai "to be," + → -logy.