Wave and S-Curve models

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  • In the early 20th century, linguists increasingly began to view language change as a highly organic process
  • It was not switched on and immediately used by everyone


  • First, the effects are minimal, only affecting a few people
  • Then the change accelerates, affecting more and more people
  • Finally…



Is this not the wrong way round?  The wave model is about geographical location, not the s-curve!

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