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Fri Oct 31 2014

Books: Measuring Grammatical Complexity: Newmeyer, Preston (eds.)

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Date: 15-Sep-2014
From: Helena Palmer <helena.palmeroup.com>
Subject: Measuring Grammatical Complexity: Newmeyer, Preston (eds.)
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Title: Measuring Grammatical Complexity
Published: 2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press
                http://www.oup.com/us

Book URL: http://ukcatalogue.oup.com/product/9780199685301.do

Editor: Frederick J. Newmeyer
Editor: Laurel B Preston
Hardback: ISBN: 9780199685301 Pages: 392 Price: U.K. £ 65
Abstract:

This book examines the question of whether languages can differ in grammatical complexity and, if so, how relative complexity differences might be measured. The volume differs from others devoted to the question of complexity in language in that the authors all approach the problem from the point of view of formal grammatical theory, psycholinguistics, or neurolinguistics. Chapters investigate a number of key issues in grammatical complexity, taking phonological, morphological, syntactic, and semantic considerations into account. These include what is often called the 'trade-off problem', namely whether complexity in one grammatical component is necessarily balanced by simplicity in another; and the question of interpretive complexity, that is, whether and how one might measure the difficulty for the hearer in assigning meaning to an utterance and how such complexity might be factored in to an overall complexity assessment.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
                            Linguistic Theories
                            Neurolinguistics
                            Psycholinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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