Oh, come on, really? There’s a word for that?

I am beginning to suspect that the OED is having us on:

Quellenforschung*: “The study of the sources of, or influences upon, a literary work.”

*

*Pronounced “kvell-something-something-something. I’m not too good either at German or at deciphering those dictionary pronunciation guides. (I think I read something about that topic recently over on The Lingua File. And yes, here it is: the International Phonetic Alphabet explained.)

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