One of the major challenges in linguistic research is unravelling the process of language change. Sociolinguists have made great strides by analysing change in apparent time, comparing the language use of successive generations at a given point in time. Information on real-time change is harder to come by but, thanks to the digital turn in the humanities, more data is available that enables the diachronic approach. However, empirical work on change over time is still fragmented and provides only a patchy coverage of certain aspects of change.