Jannis Androutsopoulos

Mediatization and sociolinguistic change. Key concepts, research traditions, open issues

1 Introduction

Despite a fair amount of relevant scholarship in sociolinguistics and neighbouring fields, the role of media in processes of linguistic change is not yet fully understood. Outside linguistics, the effect of the media – a term that often remains unpacked – on language is a common assumption. In linguistics, researchers from various subfields have approached the issue in quite different ways; however, dialogue across these subfields and their respective views has been limited. The predominant position in variationist sociolinguistics, i.e. that the media play no role in systemic language change (cf. Chambers 1998: 124; ...

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