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Linguistics Vanguard

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[In]stability in the use of a stable variable

Johanna Mechler / Isabelle Buchstaller
Published Online: 2019-06-22 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2018-0024


The relationship between community-wide change and patterns of variation and change within the individual is one of the cornerstones of variationist theorising. But while sociolinguistic theory makes clear and testable predictions regarding the use of stable vernacular features across the life-span of the individual, we lack real-time evidence on the age-graded nature of stable variability. Indeed, whereas apparent time research highlights the diachronic stability of (ing), only two research projects have explored its use within the individual speaker. Both report on pre-adult speakers. Our research expands the window of analysis by adding a later age-bracket to the investigation of age-graded variability. We consider the variable realisation of (ing) in a group of individuals between early adulthood and retirement.

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Keywords: change across the life-span; age-grading; panel studies; early adulthood


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About the article

Received: 2018-05-15

Accepted: 2018-11-19

Published Online: 2019-06-22

Funding Source: European Research Council

Award identifier / Grant number: 321760

European Research Council, Funder Id: 10.13039/100011199, Grant Number: 321760.

Citation Information: Linguistics Vanguard, Volume 5, Issue s2, 20180024, ISSN (Online) 2199-174X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/lingvan-2018-0024.

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