Transmission and Diffusion

@article{Labov2007TransmissionAD,
  title={Transmission and Diffusion},
  author={William Labov},
  journal={Language},
  year={2007},
  volume={83},
  pages={344 - 387}
}
  • W. Labov
  • Published 23 July 2007
  • History
  • Language
The transmission of linguistic change within a speech community is characterized by incrementation within a faithfully reproduced pattern characteristic of the family tree model, while diffusion across communities shows weakening of the original pattern and a loss of structural features. It is proposed that this is the result of the difference between the learning abilities of children and adults. Evidence is drawn from two studies of geographic diffusion. (i) Structural constraints are lost in… 

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