Linguistic change, social network and speaker innovation

  title={Linguistic change, social network and speaker innovation},
  author={James Milroy and Lesley Milroy},
  journal={Journal of Linguistics},
This paper is concerned with the social mechanisms of linguistic change, and we begin by noting the distinction drawn by Bynon (1977) between two quite different approaches to the study of linguistic change. The first and more idealized, associated initially with traditional nineteenth century historical linguistics, involves the study of successive ‘states of the language’, states reconstructed by the application of comparative techniques to necessarily partial historical records… Expand

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