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In historical language scholarship, it has been usual to assume that The transmission of language from generation to generation is itself a linguistic, rather than a social, process, and that the focus should be on uniform language states. Here it is argued that transmission is necessarily social and that the history of a language is necessarily a history of variation. Firts, it is shown that the history of British Received Pronunciation is not one of direct descent from a single uniformdoi:10.6018/ijes.5.1.47831 doaj:825fce1420ce411a864a0e9416d47ca8 fatcat:dxe7dpcapfgqja6igkowbfke4i