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LINGUIST List 21.115

Fri Jan 08 2010

Books: Ling Theories/Syntax/Morphology: Aboh, Smith (Eds)

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        1.    Paul Peranteau, Complex Processes in New Languages: Aboh, Smith (Eds)

Message 1: Complex Processes in New Languages: Aboh, Smith (Eds)
Date: 08-Jan-2010
From: Paul Peranteau <paulbenjamins.com>
Subject: Complex Processes in New Languages: Aboh, Smith (Eds)
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Title: Complex Processes in New Languages
Series Title: Creole Language Library 35
Published: 2009
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=CLL%2035

Editor: Enoch O. Aboh
Editor: Norval Smith
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288776 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027288776 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027252579 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 105.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027252579 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 158.00
Abstract:

In recent years, there has been a new interest in evaluating 'complex'
structures in languages. The implications of such studies are varied, e.g.,
the distinction between supposedly more complex and less complex languages,
how complexity relates to human knowledge of language, and the role of the
reduction or increase of complexity in language change and creolization.
This book focuses on the latter issue, but the conclusions presented here
hold of typological 'complexity' in general. The chapters in this book show
that the notion of complexity as conceived of in linguistics mainly centres
on the outer manifestations of language (e.g., numbers of affixes). This
exercise is useful in establishing the patterning of languages in terms of
their degrees of analyticity or synthesis, but it fails to address the
properties of the inner rules of these grammars, and how these relate to
the computational system that governs the human language capacity. Put
simply, issues of complexity should not be equated with the complexity
observed in surface patterns of grammars alone.

Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
                            Morphology
                            Syntax

Written In: English (eng )

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