Helen Sims-Williams

List of John Benjamins publications for which Helen Sims-Williams plays a role.


The loss of inflectional categories is often thought of as a type of simplification. In this paper we present a survey of phenomena involving the reduction of adjective agreement in Scandinavian, using examples from Norwegian, and discuss their diachronic origins, including a new account of the… read more | Article
Sims-Williams, Helen and Matthew Baerman. 2021. A typological perspective on the loss of inflection* . Lost in Change: Causes and processes in the loss of grammatical elements and constructions, Kranich, Svenja and Tine Breban (eds.), pp. 19–50
The loss of inflectional morphology is a diachronic process which has played a major role in shaping our linguistic landscape, but has never been the target of focussed research in the same way that the origin of inflectional morphology has been. We offer here a preliminary typology of the… read more | Chapter