Tracking linguistic change in childhood: transmission, incrementation, and vernacular reorganization

Smith, J. and Holmes-Elliott, S. (2022) Tracking linguistic change in childhood: transmission, incrementation, and vernacular reorganization. Language, 98(1), pp. 98-122. (doi: 10.1353/lan.2021.0087)

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The mechanisms underlying linguistic change are well documented for adolescent and adult speech, but much less is known about how such change emerges in the childhood years. In this article we address this gap by conducting a real-time analysis of the acquisition of a rapidly expanding variable in young speakers, first in preschool and later in preadolescence. By tracking a variable undergoing change at two key stages of sociolinguistic development, transmission and incrementation, we observe directly the processes operating on individual and community grammars as children shift to the leading edge of change.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Holmes-Elliott, Dr Sophie and Smith, Professor Jennifer
Authors: Smith, J., and Holmes-Elliott, S.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Journal Name:Language
Publisher:Linguistic Society of America
ISSN (Online):1535-0665
Published Online:23 March 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Jennifer Smith & Sophie Holmes-Elliott
First Published:First published in Language 98(1): 98-122
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
167318One Speaker, two dialects: bidialectalism across the generations in a Scottish community.Jennifer SmithEconomic and Social Research Council (ESRC)ES/K000861/1Arts - English Language and Linguistics