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Routledge Studies in Language Change

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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.

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

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

1st Edition


Edited By Karen V. Beaman, Isabelle Buchstaller
March 11, 2021

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 ...

Standardization as Sociolinguistic Change A Transversal Study of Three Traditional Dialect Areas

Standardization as Sociolinguistic Change: A Transversal Study of Three Traditional Dialect Areas

1st Edition

Edited By Marie Maegaard, Malene Monka, Kristine Køhler Mortensen, Andreas Candefors Stæhr
December 10, 2019

This volume seeks to extend and expand our current understanding of the processes of language standardization, drawing on both quantitative and qualitative approaches to examine how linguistic variation plays out in various ways in everyday life in Denmark. The book compares linguistic variation ...

Language variation and change in social networks A bipartite approach

Language variation and change in social networks: A bipartite approach

1st Edition

By Robin Dodsworth, Richard A. Benton
September 12, 2019

This monograph takes up recent advances in social network methods in sociology, together with data on economic segregation, in order to build a quantitative analysis of the class and network effects implicated in vowel change in a Southern American city. Studies of sociolinguistic variation in ...

Panel Studies of Variation and Change

Panel Studies of Variation and Change

1st Edition

Edited By Suzanne Evans Wagner, Isabelle Buchstaller
July 12, 2019

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 ...

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