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.


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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