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The varying influence of social and linguistic factors on language stability and change: The case of Eskilstuna
Mälardalen University, School of Education, Culture and Communication.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0709-0569
2009 (English)In: Language Variation and Change, ISSN 0954-3945, E-ISSN 1469-8021, Vol. 21, no 1, p. 97-133Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Continuity and Change in Present-Day Swedish: Eskilstuna Revisited is a large-scale study of language change in real time. In this article, the focus is on the results of a trend study and the analysis of how extralinguistic and linguistic factors influence how language varies and changes.

The empirical material consists of informal conversationlike interviews, in which seven morphological and morphophonological variables have been analyzed in terms of the traditional extralinguistic factors of social group, gender, and age, as well as in terms of social networks. These morpho(phono)logical variables are sociolinguistically marked and have been hypothesized to show a process of more or less rapid change from regional dialect towards spoken standard. The rate of change at the level of the community has been slow, however. Comparisons between the influence of extralinguistic and linguistc factors indicate that social forces are more influential than linguistic ones.

 

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New York: Cambridge University Press , 2009. Vol. 21, no 1, p. 97-133
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sociolinguistics, language change, real time, panel study, trend study, extralinguistic and linguistic factors, morphological variables
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-7747DOI: 10.1017/S0954394509000040ISI: 000265200600004Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-67649641458OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-7747DiVA, id: diva2:288141
Available from: 2010-01-20 Created: 2010-01-20 Last updated: 2018-01-12Bibliographically approved

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