Measuring Grammatical Complexity by Frederick J. NewmeyerMeasuring Grammatical Complexity by Frederick J. Newmeyer

Measuring Grammatical Complexity

EditorFrederick J. Newmeyer, Laurel B. Preston

Hardcover | November 7, 2014

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This book examines the question of whether languages can differ in grammatical complexity and, if so, how relative complexity differences might be measured. The volume differs from others devoted to the question of complexity in language in that the authors all approach the problem from thepoint of view of formal grammatical theory, psycholinguistics, or neurolinguistics. Chapters investigate a number of key issues in grammatical complexity, taking phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic considerations into account. These include what is often called the "trade-offproblem", namely whether complexity in one grammatical component is necessarily balanced by simplicity in another; and the question of interpretive complexity, that is, whether and how one might measure the difficulty for the hearer in assigning meaning to an utterance and how such complexity mightbe factored in to an overall complexity assessment. Measuring Grammatical Complexity brings together a number of distinguished scholars in the field, and will be of interest to linguists of all theoretical stripes from advanced undergraduate level upwards, particularly those working in the areas of morphosyntax, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics,and cognitive linguistics.
Frederick J. Newmeyer specializes in syntax and the history of linguistics and has as his current research program the attempt to synthesize the results of formal and functional linguistics. He was Secretary-Treasurer of the Linguistic Society of America (LSA) from 1989 to 1994 and its President in 2002. He has been elected Fellow of ...
Title:Measuring Grammatical ComplexityFormat:HardcoverDimensions:384 pagesPublished:November 7, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199685304

ISBN - 13:9780199685301


Table of Contents

1. Frederick J. Newmeyer and Laurel B. Preston: Introduction2. John A. Hawkins: Major Contributions from Formal Linguistics to the complexity Debate3. David Gil: Sign languages, Creoles, and the Development of Predication4. Ray Jackendoff and Eva Wittenberg: What You Can Say Without Syntax: A hierarchy of grammatical complexity5. Ljiljana Progovac: Degrees of Complexity in Syntax: A view from evolution6. Theresa Biberauer, Ian Roberts, Michelle Sheehan, and Anders Holmberg: Complexity in comparative Syntax: The view from modern parametric theory7. Andreas Trotzke and Jan-Wouter Zwart: The Complexity of Narrow Syntax: Minimalism, representational economy, and simplest merge8. Peter W. Culicover: Constructions, Complexity, and Word Order Variation9. Kaius Sinnemaki: Complexity Trade-offs: A case study10. Daniel Ross: The Importance of Exhaustive Description in Measuring Linguistic Complexity: The case of English try and pseudocoordination11. Steven Moran and Damian Blasi: Cross-linguistic Comparison of Complexity Measures in Phonological Systems12. Lisa Matthewson: The Measurement of Semantic Complexity: How to get by if your language lacks generalized quantifiers13. Cristiano Chesi and ANdrea Moro: Computational Complexity in the Brain14. Lise Menn and Cecily Jill Duffield: Looking for a 'Gold Standard' to Measure language Complexity: What psycholinguistics and neurolinguistics can (and cannot) offer to formal linguisticsReferencesIndex