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The Resource Morphological complexity, Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Greville G. Corbett, (electronic resource)

Morphological complexity, Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Greville G. Corbett, (electronic resource)

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Morphological complexity
Title
Morphological complexity
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Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Greville G. Corbett
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Language
eng
Summary
Inflectional morphology plays a paradoxical role in language. On the one hand it tells us useful things, for example that a noun is plural or a verb is in the past tense. On the other hand many languages get along perfectly well without it, so the baroquely ornamented forms we sometimes find come across as a gratuitous over-elaboration. This is especially apparent where the morphological structures operate at cross purposes to the general systems of meaning and function that govern a language, yielding inflection classes and arbitrarily configured paradigms. This is what we call morphological complexity. Manipulating the forms of words requires learning a whole new system of structures and relationships. This book confronts the typological challenge of characterising the wildly diverse sorts of morphological complexity we find in the languages of the world, offering both a unified descriptive framework and quantitative measures that can be applied to such heterogeneous systems
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Baerman, Matthew
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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  • Brown, Dunstan
  • Corbett, Greville G
Series statement
Cambridge studies in linguistics
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  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Complexity (Linguistics)
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Morphological complexity, Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Greville G. Corbett, (electronic resource)
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ssib029191032
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unknown
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1 online resource (xx, 188 pages)
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online
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9781316343074
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(ebook)
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digital, PDF file(s)
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remote
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(WaSeSS)ssib029191032
Label
Morphological complexity, Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, Greville G. Corbett, (electronic resource)
Publication
Note
Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 17 Jul 2017)
Control code
ssib029191032
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (xx, 188 pages)
Form of item
online
Governing access note
Access restricted to subscribing institutions
Isbn
9781316343074
Isbn Type
(ebook)
Other physical details
digital, PDF file(s)
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(WaSeSS)ssib029191032

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