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Language complexity as an evolving variable

Author: Geoffrey Sampson; David Gil
Publisher: Oxford [etc.] : Oxford University Press, 2009.
Series: Studies in the evolution of language, 13.; Oxford linguistics.
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This fascinating book challenges the idea that languages are equally complex. Eighteen scholars look at evidence from a wide range of times and places. They consider the links between linguistic  Read more...

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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Sampson; David Gil
ISBN: 9780199545216 0199545219 9780199545223 0199545227
OCLC Number: 819186734
Description: xiii, 309 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. A Linguistic Axiom Challenged ; 2. How Much grammar Does it Take to Sail a Boat? ; 3. On the Evolution of Complexity - Sometimes Less is More in East and Mainland Southeast Asia ; 4. Testing the Assumption of Complexity Invariance: The Case of Elfdalian and Swedish ; 5. Between Simplification and Complexification: Non-standard Varieties of English Around the World ; 6. Implicational Hierarchies and Grammatical Complexity ; 7. Sociolinguistic Typology and Complexification ; 8. Linguistic Complexity: A Comprehensive Definition and Survey ; 9. Complexity in Core Argument Marking and Population Size ; 10. Oh noo!: A Bewilderingly Multifunctional Saramaccan Word Teaches us How a Creole Language Develops Complexity ; 11. Orality Versus Literacy as a Dimension of Complexity ; 12. Individual Differences in Processing complex Grammatical Structures ; 13. Origin and Maintenance of Clausal Embedding Complexity ; 14. Layering of Grammar: Vestiges of Protosyntax in Present-day Languages ; 15. An Interview With Dan Everett ; 16. Universals in Language or Cognition? Evidence from English Languae Acquisition and from Piraha ; 17. "Overall Complexity" - a Wild Goose Chase? ; 18. An Efficiency Theory of Complexity and Related Phenomena ; 19. Envoi ; References ; Index
Series Title: Studies in the evolution of language, 13.; Oxford linguistics.
Responsibility: ed. by Geoffrey Sampson, David Gil, and Peter Trudgill.
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