Descriptive adequacy of the S-curve model in diachronic studies of language change

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The S-shaped curve is typically used to model the diffusion of linguistic change across time. This paper looks at the degree to which the model applies to empirical real-time data of some time-depth. An S-shaped curve is commonly attested in the quantitative studies discussed, but it is not the only pattern that emerges from systematic analyses. To put the model and its descriptive adequacy into perspective, I consider both typical cases and exceptions to them, notably change reversals. I also draw attention to the level of analytic detail that has a major role to play in empirical research into processes of language change and their outcomes.
Titel på gästpublikationCan We Predict Linguistic Change?
RedaktörerChristina Sanchez-Stockhammer
Utgivningsdatum21 dec 2015
StatusPublicerad - 21 dec 2015
MoE-publikationstypA3 Del av bok eller annan forskningsbok


NamnStudies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English
FörlagResearch Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG)
ISSN (elektroniskt)1797-4453


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