We examine variable use of Stylistic Fronting (SF) in Icelandic in thousands of parliament speeches given by parliament member Steingrímur J. Sigfússon between 1990-2013. This reveals a fine-grained diachronic picture of individual-specific lifespan change. We split the data by year and thus the time resolution of the study is 23 as opposed to a time resolution of 2-3 as is currently common practice in lifespan studies. We argue that a high time resolution is critical for studies of this type as well as a focus on qualitative detail when interpreting quantitative findings.
Stefánsdóttir, Lilja Björk and Ingason, Anton Karl
"A High Definition Study of Syntactic Lifespan Change,"
University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics: Vol. 24
, Article 20.
Available at: https://repository.upenn.edu/pwpl/vol24/iss1/20