oa Alternation - Language and changing contexts: sociolinguistic perspectives

Volume 11, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1023-1757



The Swiss linguist, Ferdinand de Saussure (1916) said '[t]ime changes all things, there is no reason why language should escape this universal law' (cited in Aitchison 1983:1). If language change is as natural as the rising or setting of the sun, it may be said that a sociolinguist will never find him/herself idle given that any communicative context is a context for analysis either from a synchronic (at a given point in time) or a diachronic (across time) perspective. In this special sociolinguistics issue, our primary aim is to present the naturalness of linguistic change and variation sociolinguistically .

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