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Date: Fri, 31 Oct 2014 12:09:26
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Subject: Measuring Grammatical Complexity: Newmeyer, Preston (eds.)

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Title: Measuring Grammatical Complexity 
Publication Year: 2014 
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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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


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