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


About daviddurian
I am a sociolinguist with a Ph D in Linguistics from The Ohio State University and an MA in Rhetoric and Professional Writing from Northern Illinois University. Currently, I work as the Lecturer at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania, where I teach undergraduate courses in sociolinguistics, general linguistics, and first-year composition. I also work on research projects investigating variation and change in the vowel system of modern US English as it is spoken by Americans living in a variety of cities. At the moment, this includes Chicago, IL, Columbus, OH, and Eastern Pennsylvania.

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