complexity measures

J. Kanze kanze at
Sun Jan 18 22:42:19 UTC 1998

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Miguel Carrasquer Vidal <mcv at> writes:
|>  I wonder: are the "Italian dialects" more "complex" than Standard
|>  Italian?
I'm not sure about Italian dialects, but at least in a certain sense,
phonetically, German dialects are.  I believe that this stems from the
fact that standard German is originally an artificial language, designed
(at least phonetically) to have a certain "regularity".  Thus, the
standard vowels all fit nicely in the classical trapezoid, which is
definitly not the case for Baverian or Alsatian (the two dialects I'm
most familiar with).
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