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On the Effect of Reciprocal Dyadic Relations on the Share of Lexical Practices

Published inConnections, vol. 43, no. 1, p. 26-49
Publication date2023-01
First online date2023-03-10

Variationist studies have shown the implication of tie properties in the emergence and preservation of linguistic norms. This contribution deepens the understanding of this mechanism at the dyadic level. It explores relational subjectivity and relativity among individuals of a community and their implications in the distribution of lexical variants. The aim is to understand how the reciprocity of a relation influences the share of lexical practices. To do so, we analyze the network of discussions of bachelor's degree students of the University of Geneva and their lexical practices. Using the modern methods used in social network analysis to study relational properties and by running multiple regression quadratic assignment procedure (MRQAP), reciprocal interactions are found to lead to a higher lexical share and similarity.

  • Lexical practices
  • Reciprocity
  • Social network
  • Language
  • Dyads
  • Influence
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FERNANDEZ, Guillaume. On the Effect of Reciprocal Dyadic Relations on the Share of Lexical Practices. In: Connections, 2023, vol. 43, n° 1, p. 26–49. doi: 10.2478/connections-2022-0001
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ISSN of the journal0226-1766

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