Understanding and Measuring Morphological Complexity

Hardcover | April 26, 2015

EditorMatthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Greville G. Corbett

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This book aims to assess the nature of morphological complexity, and the properties that distinguish it from the complexity manifested in other components of language. Of the many ways languages have of being complex, perhaps none is as daunting as what can be achieved by inflectionalmorphology: this volume examines languages such as Archi, which has a 1,000,000-form verb paradigm, and Chinantec, which has over 100 inflection classes. Alongside this complexity, inflection is notable for its variety across languages: one can take two unrelated languages and discover that theyshare similar syntax or phonology, but one would be hard pressed to find two unrelated languages with the same inflectional systems.In this volume, senior scholars and junior researchers highlight novel perspectives on conceptualizing morphological complexity, and offer concrete means for measuring, quantifying and analysing it. Examples are drawn from a wide range of languages, including those of North America, New Guinea,Australia, and Asia, alongside a number of European languages. The book will be a valuable resource for all those studying complexity phenomena in morphology, and for theoretical linguists more generally, from graduate level upwards.

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This book aims to assess the nature of morphological complexity, and the properties that distinguish it from the complexity manifested in other components of language. Of the many ways languages have of being complex, perhaps none is as daunting as what can be achieved by inflectionalmorphology: this volume examines languages such as A...

Matthew Baerman is a research fellow in the Surrey Morphology Group at the University of Surrey. His research focuses on the typology, diachrony and formal analysis of inflectional systems, with a particular concentration on phenomena whose interpretation is problematic or controversial. His work has appeared in such journals as Langu...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:April 26, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Part I What is Morphological Complexity?1. Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, and Greville G. Corbett: Understanding and measuring morphological complexity: An introduction2. Stephen Anderson: Dimensions of morphological complexityPart II Understanding Complexity3. Erich R. Round: Abstract architectural properties of the morphomic analysis of Kayardild4. Mark Donohue: Morphological opacity: Rules of referral in Kanum verbs5. Jean-Pierre Koenig and Karin Michelson: Oneida pronominal complexity: An upper-bound on morphological complexity?6. Marina Chumakina and Greville G. Corbett: Gender-number marking in Archi: Small is complexPart III Measuring Complexity7. Gregory Stump and Raphael A. Finkel: Contrasting modes of representation for inflectional systems: Some implications for computing morphological complexity8. Vito Pirrelli, Marcello Ferro, and Claudia Marz: Computational complexity of abstractive morpholog9. Paolo Milizia: Patterns of syncretism and paradigm complexity: The case of Old and Middle Indic declen10. Sebastian Bank and Jochen Trommer: Learning and the complexity of O-marking