This sociolinguistic study offers a new theoretical framework for understanding the diffusion of language change within a community. Advanced statistical analysis methods are used in rigorously testing the supposed norm-enforcement effect of social networks. Revisions to the social network model are proposed, allowing the effects of various social factors operating simultaneously on the individual to be considered in evaluating the process of resistance to language change.
Theoretical Background and Previous Research
The Research Design
AGE Across the Individual Phonological Variables
Testing for Correlations Across the Entire Database
Implications for Future Research