Article published in:Historical Linguistics 2007: Selected papers from the 18th International Conference on Historical Linguistics, Montreal, 6–11 August 2007
Edited by Monique Dufresne, Fernande Dupuis and Etleva Vocaj
[Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 308] 2009
► pp. 285–294
Quantifying linguistic changes
Experiments in Norwegian language history
There are reasons for assuming that different types of communities provide different social conditions for linguistic changes with consequences at least for the speed and for the type of grammatical changes. In order to explore this question, we need both a typology of communities and a model for measuring the extent of linguistic change. In this article I suggest and discuss a way of measuring by which it should be possible to systematically compare the degree of linguistic change. The tentative calculations will primarily be illustrated by data from dialects in Norway in the 20th century.
Published online: 30 November 2009