Saussure's clear demarcation, however, has had both defenders and critics.In linguistics, a synchronic analysis is one that views linguistic phenomena only at a given time, usually the present, though a synchronic analysis of a historical language form is also possible.
Ferdinand de Saussure's distinction between synchronic and diachronic linguistics is fundamental to the present day organization of the discipline.
Primacy is accorded to synchronic linguistics, and diachronic linguistics is defined as the study of successive synchronic stages.
As globalization brings English-speaking countries into ever closer contact with other cultures, so English borrows words from these cultures.
That might be your reaction, but a few years down the line having barbacoa for your dinner might just be as normal as paella or sushi are today.
This may be distinguished from diachronic, which regards a phenomenon in terms of developments through time.