LINGUIST List 13.782

Sun Mar 24 2002

Qs: Lang Complexity/Distribution, Pluperfect Forms

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  1. Eileen Thorsos, Distribution of language complexity
  2. dmsichinava, Multiple Pluperfect forms

Message 1: Distribution of language complexity

Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 00:24:12 -0500
From: Eileen Thorsos <>
Subject: Distribution of language complexity

I'd like to find out about the global distribution of language 
complexity. Particularly, I wonder if widespread languages are less 
complex than local languages. (Clearly, this question requires 
definitions of both 'widespread' and 'complex'.) Does anyone have 
any information or ideas regarding this?

Thanks much,

Eileen Thorsos
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Message 2: Multiple Pluperfect forms

Date: Fri, 22 Mar 2002 23:40:19 +0300 (MSK)
From: dmsichinava <>
Subject: Multiple Pluperfect forms

I am a student at the Moscow University currently looking for
information about verb systems with multiple Pluperfect forms (that
is, expressing anteriority with regard to the past -- usually with
aspectual distinctions). Romance, Bulgarian, Turkish, Caucasian
systems can be cited as examples. Can anyone offer me information on
systems of this kind? Everything concerning any languages outside the
above-defined areal would be particularly appreciated.

Dmitri V. Sitchinava
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