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Language Variation and Language Change Across the Lifespan
Theoretical and Empirical Perspectives from Panel Studies



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This volume brings together research on panel studies with the aim of providing a coherent empirical and theoretical knowledge-base for examining the impact of maturation and lifespan-specific effects on linguistic malleability in the post-adolescent speaker. Building on the work of Wagner and Buchstaller (2017), the present collection offers a critical examination of the theoretical implications of panel research across a range of geographic regions and time periods. The volume seeks to offer a way forward in the debates circling about the phenomenon of later-life language change, drawing on contributions from a variety of linguistic disciplines to examine critical topics such as the effect of linguistic architecture, the roles of mobility and identity construction, and the impact of frequency effects. Taken together, this edited collection both informs and pushes forward key questions on the nature of lifespan change, making this key reading for students and researchers in cognitive linguistics, historical linguistics, dialectology, and variationist sociolinguistics.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables

List of Contributors

Acknowledgements

Panel studies of language variation and change: Theoretical and methodological implications

Isabelle Buchstaller and Karen V. Beaman

PART I: REVELATIONS FROM PAST TREND AND PANEL STUDIES

Chapter 1.

The beginnings of panel research: Individual language variation, change and stability in Eskilstuna

Eva Sundgren, Isabelle Buchstaller, and Karen V. Beaman

Chapter 2.

Alignment of individuals with community trends: Subjects from the Portuguese

Maria da Conceição de Paiva, Maria Eugênia L. Duarte, and Gregory R. Guy

Chapter 3.

Stylistic Variation in Panel Studies of Language Change: Challenge and Opportunity

John R. Rickford

PART II: INSIGHTS IN THE ANALYSIS OF INTRA-SPEAKER (IN)STABILITY

Chapter 4.

Individual and group trajectories across adulthood in a sample of Utah English speakers

David Bowie

Chapter 5.

Accent reversion in older adults: evidence from the Queen’s Christmas broadcasts

Ulrich Reubold and Jonathan Harrington

PART III: A GLIMPSE OF THE PAST: PANEL RESEARCH FROM ARCHIVAL MATERIAL

Chapter 6.

Exploiting convention: Lifespan change and generational incrementation in the development of cleft constructions

William Standing and Peter Petré

Chapter 7.

Corpus-based lifespan change in Late Middle English

Juan Manuel Hernández-Campoy

PART IV: NEW METHODOLOGICAL APPROACHES FOR LIFESPAN STUDIES

Chapter 8.

Exploring the effect of linguistic architecture and heuristic method in panel analysis

Isabelle Buchstaller, Anne Krause-Lerche and Johanna Mechler

Chapter 9.

Loss of historical phonetic contrast across the lifespan: Articulatory, lexical, and social effects on sound change in Swabian

Karen V. Beaman and Fabian Tomaschek

Chapter 10.

Deconfounding the effects of competition and attrition on dialect across the lifespan: A panel study of Swabian

R. Harald Baayen, Karen V. Beaman, and Michael Ramscar

PART V: FUTURE DIRECTIONS FOR PANEL RESERACH

Chapter 11.

What’s the point of panel studies?

Suzanne Evans Wagner

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Editor(s)

Biography

Karen V. Beaman is a Ph.D. candidate in sociolinguistics at Queen Mary, University of London and a guest doctoral candidate at Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen. Her research interests concern language variation, coherence and change, with particular focus on how factors of identity, mobility and social networks drive or inhibit change.

Isabelle Buchstaller is professor of English Linguistics at the University of Duisburg-Essen. Her research interests include language variation and change across time. She is the author of Quotatives: New trends and sociolinguistic implications (2014) and has co-edited four volumes, most recently, panel research in language variation and change (with Suzanne Evans Wagner).