Language Change Across the Lifespan

@inproceedings{Sankoff2018LanguageCA,
  title={Language Change Across the Lifespan},
  author={Gillian Sankoff},
  year={2018}
}
Understanding the relationship between language change and variation has progressed considerably over the last several decades, but less is known about how speakers at different life stages deal with ongoing change in their speech communities. Longitudinal studies of individuals and groups reveal three trajectory types postadolescence: stability (the most common), adopting (to some degree) a change led by younger people (the next most common trajectory), or swimming against the community… CONTINUE READING

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