Language Change and Sociolinguistics

Rethinking Social Networks

  • Jonathan Marshall

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Language Variation book series (PSLV)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
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  9. Back Matter
    Pages 235-246

About this book


This sociolinguistic study offers a new theoretical framework for understanding the diffusion of language change within a community. Advanced statistical analysis methods are used in rigorously testing the supposed norm-enforcement effect of social networks. Revisions to the social network model are proposed, allowing the effects of various social factors operating simultaneously on the individual to be considered in evaluating the process of resistance to language change.


bibliography design future individual language linguistics model phonology resistance sociolinguistics understanding

Authors and affiliations

  • Jonathan Marshall
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of EdinburghScotland

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