Understanding and Measuring Morphological Complexity

12 May





Información aparecida en LINGUIST List: http://linguistlist.org/issues/26/26-1909.html


Title: Understanding and Measuring Morphological Complexity 


Editor: Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Greville G Corbett


Published: 2015


Publisher: Oxford University Press



Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780198723769.do








  • First volume to address specifically morphological complexity
  • Draws on data from a diverse set of languages, including many that have not been widely studied previously
  • Features a broad range of approaches addressing theoretical, typological, quantitative, and computational aspects

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 inflectional morphology: 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 they share 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.






Part I What is Morphological Complexity?

1: Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, and Greville G. Corbett: Understanding and measuring morphological complexity: An introduction

2: Stephen Anderson: Dimensions of morphological complexity

Part II Understanding Complexity

3: Erich R. Round: Abstract architectural properties of the morphomic analysis of Kayardild

4: Mark Donohue: Morphological opacity: Rules of referral in Kanum verbs

5: 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 complex

Part III Measuring Complexity

7: Gregory Stump and Raphael A. Finkel: Contrasting modes of representation for inflectional systems: Some implications for computing morphological complexity

8: Vito Pirrelli, Marcello Ferro, and Claudia Marz: Computational complexity of abstractive morpholog

9: Paolo Milizia: Patterns of syncretism and paradigm complexity: The case of Old and Middle Indic declen

10: Sebastian Bank and Jochen Trommer: Learning and the complexity of Ø-marking










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