Transmission and continuation: 1950’s style

Before Labov took on the issues of transmission and continuation in Sociolinguistic Patterns (1972), Principles of Linguistic Change, Vol 2 (2001), and this 2007 Language article, Charles Hockett took them on in a 1950 Language article. It’s also known as an oft-cited article on age-grading. Makes for an interesting read, if you are interested in the history of research on these topics.

Hockett, Charles. 1950. Age-grading and linguistic continuity. Language, 26:449-457.  http://www.jstor.org/pss/410396

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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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