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Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Frederick J. Newmeyer and Laurel B. Preston


This book collects Work presented at a workshop entitled ‘Formal Linguistics and the Measurement of Grammatical Complexity’, held in Seattle, WA, USA on March 23–24, 2012. Each chapter takes on the question of whether languages can differ in grammatical complexity and, if so, how relative complexity differences might be measured. In this way, it differs from other recent collections on complexity which approach the issue for the most part from a sociolinguistic or functional/typological perspective and make few concrete proposals about the actual measurement of complexity differences. The indi ... More

Keywords: formal linguistics, grammatical complexity, grammar-based approaches, irregularity, linguistic typology, measurement of complexity, neurolinguistics, structural elaboration, syntax, user-based approaches

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Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199685301
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Frederick J. Newmeyer, editor
University of Washington

Laurel B. Preston, editor
University of Washington

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