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Full Title: Workshop on Creole Complexity
         
Location: Lexington, Kentucky, USA
Start Date: 08-Mar-2014 - 08-Mar-2014
Contact: Gregory Stump
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting URL: http://linguistics.as.uky.edu/workshop-creole-complexity
Meeting Description: It is now well established that creole languages may exhibit morphology; yet, they are frequently portrayed as simple languages that express few (if any) of the morphological distinctions exhibited by their lexifier languages (see e.g. McWhorter 2001, Parkvall 2008, Bakker et al. 2011). In the morphologist's view, this assertion fails to take account of the varied dimensions of morphological complexity: a language's morphology may exhibit complexity in its morphotactics, in its exponence relations, in the structure of lexemes' inflectional paradigms, in its system of inflection-class distinctions, and elsewhere. Complexity does not simply mean more parts; it also means the opacity of the varied relations among a system's parts (cf. Good 2012).

The goal of this workshop is to bring together the issues and questions surrounding the notion of morphological complexity and to employ them in evaluating the complexity of creole morphologies.
Linguistic Subfield: Morphology; Typology
Subject Language Family: Creole
LL Issue: 25.1023


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