University of Pennsylvania Working Papers in Linguistics


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.



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