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Revisiting weak ties: Using present-day social media data in variationist studies
University of Eastern Finland, Finland. (DISA-DH)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3123-6932
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages. (DISA-DH)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5613-7618
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Technology, Department of Computer Science. (DISA-DH)
University of Eastern Finland, Finland. (DISA-DH)
2017 (English)In: Exploring Future Paths for Historical Sociolinguistics / [ed] Tanja Säily, Minna Palander-Collin, Arja Nurmi, Anita Auer, Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017, 303-325 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This article makes use of big and rich present-day data to revisit the social network model in sociolinguistics. This model predicts that mobile individuals with ties outside a home community and subsequent loose-knit networks tend to promote the diffusion of linguistic innovations. The model has been applied to a range of small ethnographic networks. We use a database of nearly 200,000 informants who send micro-blog messages in Twitter. We operationalize networks using two ratio variables; one of them is a truly weak tie and the other one a slightly stronger one. The results show that there is a straightforward increase of innovative behavior in the truly weak tie network, but the data indicate that innovations also spread under conditions of stronger networks, given that the network size is large enough. On the methodological level, our approach opens up new horizons in using big and often freely available data in sociolinguistics, both past and present.

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Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2017. 303-325 p.
Series
Advances in historical sociolinguistics, ISSN 2214-1057 ; 7
Keyword [en]
Big data, social networks, weak tie model
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Languages and Literature
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Humanities, English
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-68501DOI: 10.1075/ahs.7.12laiISBN: 9789027200860 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-68501DiVA: diva2:1153469
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Available from: 2017-10-30 Created: 2017-10-30 Last updated: 2017-11-02

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