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Labov, William. 1965. On the mechanism of linguistic change. Monograph Series on Languages and Linguistics 18 : 91–114.
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On the basis of a large body of evidence on sound changes observed in progress (on Martha's Vineyard and in New York City), L. argues that internal, structural pressures and sociolinguistic pressures act in systematic alternation in the mechanism of linguistic change.