Language Complexity

Typology, contact, change

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| University of Helsinki
| University of Helsinki
| University of Helsinki
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Language complexity has recently attracted considerable attention from linguists of many different persuasions. This volume – a thematic selection of papers from the conference Approaches to Complexity in Language, held in Helsinki, August 2005 – is the first collection of articles devoted to the topic. The sixteen chapters of the volume approach the notion of language complexity from a variety of perspectives. The papers are divided into three thematic sections that reflect the central themes of the book: Typology and theory, Contact and change, Creoles and pidgins. The book is mainly intended for typologists, historical linguists, contact linguists and creolists, as well as all linguists interested in language complexity in general. As the first collective volume on a very topical theme, the book is expected to be of lasting interest to the linguistic community.
[Studies in Language Companion Series, 94]  2008.  xiv, 356 pp.
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The problem of language complexity
Fred Karlsson, Matti Miestamo and Kaius Sinnemäki
vii–xiv
I. Typology and theory
1
Complexity in linguistic theory, language learning and language change
Wouter Kusters
3–22
Grammatical complexity in cross-linguistic perspective
Matti Miestamo
23–41
Complexity trade-offs between the subsystems of language
Gertraud Fenk-Oczlon and August Fenk
43–65
Complexity trade-offs in core argument marking
Kaius Sinnemäki
67–88
Assessing linguistic complexity
Patrick Juola
89–108
How complex are isolating languages?
David Gil
109–131
Complexity in isolating languages: Lexical elaboration versus grammatical economy
Elizabeth M. Riddle
133–151
Grammatical resources and linguistic complexity: Sirionó as a language without NP coordination
Östen Dahl
153–163
II. Contact and change
165
Why does a language undress? Strange cases in Indonesia
John H. McWhorter
167–190
Morphological complexity as a parameter of linguistic typology: Hungarian as a contact language
Casper de Groot
191–215
Language complexity and interlinguistic difficulty
Eva Lindström
217–242
Complexity in nominal plural allomorphy: A contrastive survey of ten Germanic languages
Antje Dammel and Sebastian Kürschner
243–262
III. Creoles and pidgins
263
The simplicity of creoles in a cross-linguistic perspective
Mikael Parkvall
265–285
Complexity in numeral systems with an investigation into pidgins and creoles
Harald Hammarström
287–304
Explaining Kabuverdianu nominal plural formation
Angela Bartens and Niclas Sandström
305–320
Complexity and simplicity in minimal lexica: The lexicon of Chinook Jargon
Päivi Juvonen
321–340
Index of languages
341–344
Index of authors
345–348
Index of subjects
349–356
“Language complexity is complex! But these top-class linguistics scholars have made startling and brilliant progress towards untangling the complexity - this book is a giant leap forward.”
“The collection covers a wide range of languages from practically all parts of the world. Many phyla, areas and types are represented in the 'sample' from which the examples are drawn. The same holds for the situations and constellations in which complexity has to be measured. There are diachronic and synchronic studies, comparative and cross-linguistic investigations alongside studies of individual languages. The contributions are empirically well informed. Moreover, the theoretically-minded reader is not disappointed either as the disputed concept of complexity calls for reflections on theory and methodology which are characteristic of many of the articles. [..]I can strongly recommend this book to every linguist who is interested in questions of typological equivalence of language structures.”
“The collections covers a wide range of languages from practically all parts of the world. Many phyla, areas and types are represented in the 'sample' from which the examples are drawn. The same holds for the situations and constellations in which complexity has to be measured. There are diachronic and synchronic studies, comparative and cross-linguistic investigations alongside studies of individual languages. The contributions are empirically well informed. Moreover, the theoretically-minded reader is not disappointed either as the disputed concept of complexity calls for reflections on theory and methodology which are characteristic of many of the articles. [...] No matter how unclear the notion of complexity is, I strongly recommend this book to every linguist who is interested in questions of typological equivalence of language structures.”
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BIC Subject: CFF – Historical & comparative linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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