The relationship between the individual and the community is at the core of sociolinguistic theorizing. To date, most longitudinal research has been conducted on the basis of trend studies, such as replications of cross-sectional studies, or comparisons between present-day cross-sectional data and ‘legacy’ data. While the past few years have seen an increasing interest in panel research, much of this work has been published in a variety of formats and languages and is thus not easily accessible. This edited volume brings together the major researchers in the field of panel research, highlighting connections and convergences across and between chapters, methods and findings with the aim of initiating a dialogue about best practices and ways forward in sociolinguistic panel studies. By providing, for the first time, a platform for key research on panel data in one coherent edition, this volume aims to shape the agenda in this increasingly vibrant field of research.
Isabelle Buchstaller and Suzanne Evans Wagner
I. Methodological conundrums in building, sharing and analyzing panel corpora
Christopher Cieri and Malcah Yaeger-Dror
Janneke Van Hofwegen and Walt Wolfram
II. Key life-stage events across the life-span
Mary Kohn and Charlie Farrington
Ulrich Reubold and Jonathan Harrington
III. Stylistic determinants of linguistic malleability
Frans Gregersen, Torben Juel Jensen and Nicolai Pharao
Patricia Cukor-Avila and Guy Bailey
Suzanne Evans Wagner and Sali A. Tagliamonte
IV. Interdisciplinary approaches
This series provides a venue for quantitative research investigating the social underpinnings of language change. It gives a platform to research that is firmly rooted in the speech community, yet abstracts to a level of generalization, resulting in theoretical insights that advance our understanding of change as it percolates through the community and within the individual. The series showcases studies of longitudinal and shorter term patterns of language change from a wealth of communities. Volumes in the series rely on a multitude of epistemological frameworks, including but not restricted to: social identity theory, network theory, models of language change, child language acquisition, multilingualism, language contact, language diffusion, and language shift. Interdisciplinary work is encouraged, especially that which explores the interfaces of sociolinguistics with neighboring disciplines such as formal linguistics, history, human geography, literature or anthropology. The scope of the series covers classic research monographs as well as edited collections of papers that are integrated around a coherent central theme.