Measuring Grammatical Complexity by Frederick J. Newmeyer,Laurel B. Preston

By Frederick J. Newmeyer,Laurel B. Preston

This ebook examines the query of no matter if languages can fluctuate in grammatical complexity and, if this is the case, how relative complexity alterations may be measured. the quantity differs from others dedicated to the query of complexity in language in that the authors all technique the matter from the perspective of formal grammatical concept, psycholinguistics, or neurolinguistics. Chapters examine a few key concerns in grammatical complexity, taking phonological,
morphological, syntactic, and semantic concerns into consideration. those comprise what's known as the 'trade-off problem', specifically even if complexity in a single grammatical part is inevitably balanced via simplicity in one other; and the query of interpretive complexity, that's, even if and how
one may possibly degree the trouble for the hearer in assigning desiring to an utterance and the way such complexity could be factored in to an total complexity assessment.

Measuring Grammatical Complexity brings jointly a couple of exceptional students within the box, and may be of curiosity to linguists of all theoretical stripes from complex undergraduate point upwards, rather these operating within the components of morphosyntax, psycholinguistics, neurolinguistics, and cognitive linguistics.

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