ERIC Number: ED316050
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Dec
Reference Count: 0
The Sociolinguistic Types of Language Change.
Guy, Gregory R.
An analysis of recent proposals concerning the typologies of language change attempts to provide a synthesis identifying the major types of change that need to be distinguished. The three major types of language change discussed are spontaneous change, borrowing, and imposition. Upon analysis, it is concluded that these three types of change adequately incorporate all the analytical distinctions examined, and that the model allows comparison of a variety of characteristics associated with the change types and the making of testable predictions for particular situations. The ramifications are seen as potentially far-reaching, although much additional work is needed. It is proposed that clear and systematic treatment of change types makes possible more precise statements of the domains and conditions under which the laws of historical linguistics apply, and may suggest principled explanations of why they take the forms they do. Finally, the model is seen to aid in keeping diachronic linguistics rooted in social history. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Language Change; Language Contact
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Linguistic Society of America (64th, Washington, DC, December 27-30, 1989).