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Sociolinguistic Approaches to Language Change: Phonology

Sociolinguistic approaches to language change: Phonology

16.1 Social Approaches to Language Change

Taking a sociolinguistic approach to the explanation of language change has two consequences. The first is that, with the exception of a growing body of work in historical sociolinguistics (see Nevalainen, this volume), the ...

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