The Effect of Economic Trajectory and Speaker Profile on Lifespan Change: Evidence from Stative Possessives on Tyneside

  • Isabelle Buchstaller
  • Adam Mearns


Changes in the system of stative possessives have been playing out in the English language for centuries. Our analysis explores linguistic changes across the lifespan of the individual in a small panel study of six speakers recorded first in 1971 and again 2013 in the North East of England. Our analysis explores the effect of speaker-based factors, such as their personalities, their contact with children and the socio-economic trajectory of the individual on their participation in ongoing longitudinal change. Our findings add to the growing number of panel studies that report post-critical age speakers picking up (lifespan change) or, indeed, eschewing (retrograde change) changes in community norms.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Isabelle Buchstaller
    • 1
  • Adam Mearns
    • 2
  1. 1.University of Duisburg-EssenNorth Rhine-WestphaliaGermany
  2. 2.Newcastle UniversityNewcastleUK

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