-ology, -logy, -ologist, -logist

(Greek: a suffix meaning: to talk, to speak; a branch of knowledge; any science or academic field that ends in -ology which is a variant of -logy; a person who speaks in a certain manner; someone who deals with certain topics or subjects)

The word -ology is a back-formation from the names of certain disciplines. The -logy element basically means "the study of ____". Such words are formed from Greek or Latin roots with the terminal -logy derived from the Greek suffix -λογια (-logia), speaking, from λεγειν (legein), "to speak".

The suffix -ology is considered to be misleading sometimes as when the "o" is actually part of the word stem that receives the -logy ending; such as, bio + logy.

Through the years -ology and -logy have come to mean, "study of" or "science of" and either of these suffixes often utilize the form of -ologist, "one who (whatever the preceding element refers to)".

The examples shown in this unit represent just a small fraction of the many words that exist in various dictionaries.

esophagology
Study of the structure, physiology, and diseases of the esophagus.
esthematology (s) (noun), esthematologies (pl)
The science of the senses, the sense organs, and their functions: During her training to be a neurologist, Jennifer enrolled in several classes that taught about esthematology so she could understand the bodily organ senses more precisely.
esthesiology (s) (noun), esthesiologies (pl)
The science of sensations and sensory phenomena: Henry took advanced studies in the esoteric field of esthesiology so he could study the various perceptions of feelings in the human body.
esthesiophysiology, aesthesiophysiology (s) (noun); esthesiophysiologies, aesthesiophysiologies (pl)
The biological or scientific study of the functions of sense organs and the field of sensations: Because Mildred was having difficulty smelling and tasting foods, her family doctor referred her to the department of esthesiophysiology at the university for a diagnosis.
ethnoarchaeology, ethnoarcheology
1. The branch of anthropology that studies prehistoric people and their cultures.
2. The use of archaeological/archeological techniques and data to study living cultures; especially, current or recent aboriginal groups; such as, the Inuit or Bushmen.

The study of contemporary cultures with a view to understanding the behavioral relationships which underlie the production of material culture. It is the use of archaeological techniques and data to study these living cultures and the use of ethnographic data to inform the examination of the archaeological record.

It is a relatively new branch of the discipline, followed particularly in America. It seeks to compare the patterns recognized in the material culture from archaeological contexts with patterns yielded through the study of living societies.

The ethnoarchaeologist is particularly concerned with the manufacture, distribution, and use of artifacts, the remains of various processes that might be expected to survive, and the interpretation of archaeological material in the light of the ethnographic information.

Less materially oriented questions; such as, technological development, subsistence strategies, and social evolution are also compared in archaeology and ethnology under the general heading of ethnographic analogy.

ethnobiologist
Someone who is a specialist in the study of ethnobiology or the study of ethnic groups as they are affected by the biological factors in their environment.
ethnobiology
1. The biological study of human races.
2. The study of ethnic groups as they are affected by the biological factors in their environment.
3. The study of the way various cultural groups make use of or interact with the animals and plants of their environment.

Pointing to a page about ethnobiology. An ethnobiologist who is working to preserve the skills of native medicine men (shamans) in South America.


ethnoecology
This term is increasingly used to encompass all studies which describe local people's interaction with the natural environment; including a wide variety of subdisciplines; such as, ethnobiology, ethnobotany, ethnoentomology, and ethnozoology. Ethnobotany refers to the study of the interactions between people and plants while ethnozoology applies to the study of the interactions between people and animals (both domestic and wild).
ethnogerontology
The study of aging and population groups in reference to race, national origin, and cultural practices.

Ethnogerontology addresses the causes, processes, heritage, and consequences specific to these groups.

ethnologist
An individual versed or skilled in ethnology.
ethnology
1. The science which deals with the races of humankind, their descent, relationships, etc.
2. The study of the human races, their origins, relationships, and characteristics; also called ethnics.
3. The anthropological study of ethnic groups (peoples and societies).
4. The comparison of specific features of different cultures in an attempt to establish similarities and disparities between them.
ethnomethodology
1. The study of everyday communication; especially, of a particular ethnic or racial group.
2. A style of sociological analysis which seeks to expose and analyze the methods by which participants in a given social situation construct their commonsense knowledge of the world.
ethnomusicologist
Someone who is a specialist in the study of traditional or folk music of a particular culture.
ethnomusicology
The study of the traditional or folk music of a particular culture; especially, one that is not part of the European classical genre, including sounds, songs, instruments, and associated ceremonies.
ethnomycology
The study of fungi, both harmful and beneficial, in relation to human affairs.

It is said that this is the study of the historical uses and sociological impact of fungi (also known as, "fungi lore"), and can be considered a subfield of ethnobotany or ethnobiology.

Although in theory the term includes fungi used for such purposes; such as, material that is easily combustible and can be used for lighting a fire, medicine, and food, including yeast; it is often used within the context of the study of psychoactive mushrooms.

Cross references of word families related directly, or indirectly, to: "talk, speak, speech; words, language; tongue, etc.": cit-; clam-; dic-; fa-; -farious; glosso-; glotto-; lalo-; linguo-; locu-; logo-; loqu-; mythico-; ora-; -phasia; -phemia; phon-; phras-; Quotes: Language,Part 1; Quotes: Language, Part 2; Quotes: Language, Part 3; serm-; tongue; voc-.