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LINGUIST List 16.2944

Tue Oct 11 2005

Qs: Parliamentary Discourse; Diffusion of Innovations

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        1.    Ayo Ayodele, Literature on Parliamentary Discourse
        2.    Sue Hasselbring, Diffusion of Innovations

Message 1: Literature on Parliamentary Discourse
Date: 11-Oct-2005
From: Ayo Ayodele <ayodeledotunyahoo.com>
Subject: Literature on Parliamentary Discourse

PARLIAMENTARY TALK. There seems very little to review on this topic.
I'll be grateful if anyone could assist me with relevant materials- journal
articles, papers or titles that can assist me with this work.

Looking forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind regards.

Ayo Ayodele

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Message 2: Diffusion of Innovations
Date: 11-Oct-2005
From: Sue Hasselbring <suehasselJUNO.COM>
Subject: Diffusion of Innovations

I am looking for works which apply the 'diffusion of innovations' theory of
Everett Rogers (or the adaptation suggested by Robert Cooper) to the study of
language shift, language spread, language death or language standardization. I
am interested in language (oral or written) being viewed as the innovation which
is being accepted or rejected by people who previously had no contact with it.
I am also interested (though less so) to applications of the theory to diffusion
of an innovation within a language. I am not interested in applications of the
theory (found in Applied Linguistics)in which teaching methodologies are the
innovation which have spread.


Everett Rogers' _Diffusion of Innovation_ (1962, 2003 5th ed.)was used by Cooper
in "A Framework for the study of Language spread" in _Language Spread: Studies
in diffusion and social change_ (1982) as a basis for his framework through
which one could study changes within language or the spread of languages.

I will post a summary.

Linguistic Field(s): Anthropological Linguistics
Historical Linguistics

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