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The importance of exhaustive description in measuring linguistic complexity: the case of English try and pseudocoordination

Daniel Ross

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0010
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Attempts to measure grammatical complexity are often based on data from a subset of properties in a language as an approximation. Despite this, such a subset of core grammatical phenomena is not ... More


Complexity trade-offs: a case study

Kaius Sinnemäki

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0009
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter presents a cross-linguistic approach to measuring grammatical complexity and applies the method to one narrow test-case, namely, the marking of the basic participants of the sentence. ... More


Introduction

Frederick J. Newmeyer and Laurel B. Preston (eds)

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter begins by noting that despite the fact that it would never occur to the average layperson that all languages are equally complex, such has been the majority opinion of most linguists for ... More


Major contributions from formal linguistics to the complexity debate

John A. Hawkins

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0002
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter lays out the more general contributions made by formal linguistics to discussions of grammatical complexity. It also discusses some contributions that can be regarded as having been less ... More


Sign languages, creoles, and the development of predication

David Gil

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0003
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Sign languages and creoles are two kinds of young languages, and, as such, may be expected to be less complex than their older counterparts. This chapter shows that sign languages and creoles are ... More


Constructions, complexity, and word order variation

Peter W. Culicover

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0008
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

In order to explore the question of whether all languages are of equal complexity, it is essential to have some idea about (i) what produces linguistic complexity, (ii) how complexity is measured, ... More


Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Frederick J. Newmeyer and Laurel B. Preston (eds)

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This book collects Work presented at a workshop entitled ‘Formal Linguistics and the Measurement of Grammatical Complexity’, held in Seattle, WA, USA on March 23–24, 2012. Each chapter takes on the ... More


The complexity of narrow syntax: Minimalism, representational economy, and simplest Merge

Andreas Trotzke and Jan-Wouter Zwart

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter considers the question of formal complexity measurement within linguistic minimalism and argues that the minimalist approach to complexity of derivations and representations shows ... More


Computational complexity in the brain

Cristiano Chesi and Andrea Moro

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0013
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter has two goals. First, it discusses how formal grammars and equivalent automata can be used to formulate explicit metrics measuring the degree of complexity of natural languages. Second, ... More


Cross-linguistic comparison of complexity measures in phonological systems

Steven Moran and Damián Blasi

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0011
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter explores from a typological perspective several absolute measures that have been used to quantify complexity of phonological systems. Most research in this area relies on claims about ... More


The measurement of semantic complexity: how to get by if your language lacks generalized quantifiers

Lisa Matthewson

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0012
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter addresses the question of whether languages vary in their semantic complexity, through a comparison between English and St’át’imcets. Following Henry Davis, it argues that these ... More


Degrees of complexity in syntax: a view from evolution

Ljiljana Progovac

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

In stark contrast to the mainstream Chomskyan view, this chapter argues that there is ample room for a syntactic system with only short (and flat) sentences, both in language evolution and in ... More


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