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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 phi·lol·o·gy /fəˈlɑləʤi ||faɪ-/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Phi·lol·o·gy n.
 1. Criticism; grammatical learning. [R.]
 2. The study of language, especially in a philosophical manner and as a science; the investigation of the laws of human speech, the relation of different tongues to one another, and historical development of languages; linguistic science.
 Note:Philology comprehends a knowledge of the etymology, or origin and combination of words; grammar, the construction of sentences, or use of words in language; criticism, the interpretation of authors, the affinities of different languages, and whatever relates to the history or present state of languages. It sometimes includes rhetoric, poetry, history, and antiquities.
 3. A treatise on the science of language.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the humanistic study of language and literature [syn: linguistics]