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ERIC Number: EJ878371
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 51
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0097-8507
Peaks beyond Phonology: Adolescence, Incrementation, and Language Change
Tagliamonte, Sali A.; D'Arcy, Alexandra
Language, v85 n1 p58-108 Mar 2009
What is the mechanism by which a linguistic change advances across successive generations of speakers? We explore this question by using the model of incrementation provided in Labov 2001 and analyzing six current changes in English. Extending Labov's focus on recent and vigorous phonological changes, we target ongoing morphosyntactic(-semantic) and discourse-pragmatic changes. Our results provide a striking validation of the incrementation model, confirming its value as a key to understanding the evolution of linguistic systems. However, although our findings reveal the predicted peak in the apparent-time progress of a change and corroborate the female tendency to lead innovation, there is no absolute contrast between men and women with respect to incrementation. Instead, quantitative differences in the social embedding of linguistic change correlate with the rate of the change in the speech community.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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