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Understanding and Measuring Morphological Complexity

Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, and Greville G. Corbett


Language is a complex thing, otherwise we as humans would not devote so much of our resources to learning it, either the first time around or on later attempts. And of the many ways languages have of being complex, perhaps none is so daunting as what can be achieved by inflectional morphology. Indeed, a mere mention of the 1,000,000-form verb paradigm of Archi (a language of the Caucasus region) or the 100+ inflection classes of Chinantec (a language of Oaxaca, Mexico) might be enough to send shivers down one’s spine. Alongside this complexity, inflection is notable for its variety across lang ... More

Keywords: complexity, inflectional orphology, inflection, variety, paradigm

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198723769
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198723769.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Baerman, editor
Research Fellow, Surrey Morphology Group, University of Surrey

Dunstan Brown, editor
Professor of Linguistics, University of York

Greville G. Corbett, editor
Distinguished Professor of Linguistics, University of Surrey

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