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Author: Zhongwei SHEN

Lexical Diffusion is a theory of sound change proposed by William S.-Y. Wang. The term first appeared in Wang’s article “Competing Change as a Cause of Residue” in 1969. The theory of lexical diffusion challenges the traditional view of sound change as understood by a group of historical linguists

In: Bedouin, Village and Urban Arabic
Authors: Huan Tao and Ye Zhang

This article analyzes the permeation from the dominant dialect, Mandarin, to the Shanghai urban dialect, based on the change of xiyin syllables having the Cong initial. Combining random sampling and anonymous observation methods we investigated variations in consecutive age groups of speakers. Statistical analyses reveal that the Shanghai urban dialect is moving toward Mandarin. Under the pressure of the dominant dialect the change is in progress at the population, pragmatic, and lexical levels. These changes are explained within the framework of current theories of language change.

In: Bulletin of Chinese Linguistics
Author: F. J. Cadora
As a culture area the Arab world has had different ecological structures — nomadic (bedouin) and sedentary (rural and urban) — with parallel linguistic systems. Throughout the long history of the Arabic language, the development of transitional stages has generated linguistic correlates in Arabic dialects. The notion "ecolinguistics," combined and reinforced with the concepts of "compatibility" and "lexical diffusion," is introduced in this study to identify such a sociolinguistic change. The domain of change for this ecolinguistic variation is the extended family in which the middle generation develops new lexical items by the application of ecolinguistic rules. This research also provides a description of these rules which speakers generate as they gradually acquire an awareness of the social parameters for their use.
The theoretical framework and the putative results of this study are offered to stimulate further research in the causation and implementation of linguistic change, especially in terms of quantitative analyses of ecolinguistic variation and lexical diffusion in the Arabic language.
Author: William Labov

force of the Neogrammarian position on the regularity of sound change but could not summon a body of empirical data to decide the question. Some fifteen years later, an effort was made to resolve the issue (Labov 1981), recognizing the evidence on both sides. Cases of lexical diffusion were argued to be

In: New Directions for Historical Linguistics

sound change to errors in production, which are then accepted by new generations of speakers. 13 A more serious challenge to the Neogrammarian Hypothesis is the concept of lexical diffusion advanced by e.g. Wang (1969); Chen and Wang (1975). A review of the literature, some convincing examples, and an

In: The Development of the Biblical Hebrew Vowels

methodological point of view with regard to the proposed geolinguistic approach and the identification of hot-spots of contact-induced diffusion. This could be supplemented by historical sociolinguistic methodology such as social network analysis or approaches which have an epidemic perspective on lexical

In: Journal of Language Contact
Author: William Labov

concerns the regularity of sound change. The Neogrammarian position on this issue has been challenged by a number of studies of lexical diffusion (Wang 1969; Ogura 1987; Phillips 1981), but other studies support their position that the unit of change is the phoneme. The Embedding Problem: to

In: Journal of Jewish Languages
Author: Brian D. Joseph

Neogrammarian view of sound change: the Neogrammarians posited the regularity of sound change and the availability of only phonetic conditioning to guide how sound change emerges in a language and despite the development of a school of thought regarding lexical diffusion (see, e.g., Phillips 2006, 2020), a

In: New Directions for Historical Linguistics
Author: Petr Zima

isomorphismes de construction. Dynamics of Systems: Lexical Diffusion, Language Contacts and Creolisation in West Africa ed. by Petr Zima, Jan Jeník & Vladimir Tax, 17-53. Praha. Nicolaï, Robert & Zima, Petr. 2002. Lexical and Structural Diffusion . Nice : Les Cahiers 1, Corpus. Nussbaum, Jon & Coupland

In: Journal of Language Contact