Speaker innovation and linguistic change

Here’s an interesting perspective from James Milroy on the linguistic individual from the vantage point of his or her role in the language change process and the actuation of change. This is taken from his now out of print Language Variation and Change (1992).

Milroy, James. 1992. Speaker innovation and linguistic change. Language variation and change: On the historical sociolinguistics of English. Oxford: Blackwell. pp. 164-205. http://www.ling.osu.edu/~ddurian/AWAC/milroy_1992_ch6.pdf

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About daviddurian
I am a sociolinguist with a Ph D in Linguistics from The Ohio State University. Currently, I work as the Lecturer at Rice University, where I teach undergraduate courses in both sociolinguistics and general linguistics. I also work on research projects investing language variation and change in US English a variety of cities. Specifically, at the moment, this includes Houston, Chicago, and Columbus, OH.

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