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In this radically new approach to morphological typology, the authors set out new and explicit methods for the typological classification of languages. Drawing on evidence from a diverse range of languages including Chinantec, Dakota, French, Fur, Icelandic, Ngiti and Sanskrit, the authors propose innovative ways of measuring inflectional complexity. Designed to engage graduate students and academic researchers, the book presents opportunities for further investigation. The authors' data sets and the computational tool that they constructed for their analysis are available online, allowing readers to employ them in their own research. Readers can access the online computational tool through www.cambridge.org/stump_finkel.Read more
- Explains the functions of the Principal-Parts Analyzer (PPA), a computational tool designed by the authors
- Readers can use the PPA online for free to do further analysis of language data sets
- Proposes a strikingly new approach to morphological typology
- Gives readers new and explicit methods for the typological classification of languages
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Advance praise: "Periodically a book is published which offers such an original perspective that it seems we have never really understood what we thought we knew: this is likely that kind of book for many readers. The cross--‐linguistic study of complex morphological systems is establishing the crucial status of words and paradigms in providing insights about natural language organization. With characteristically careful rigor and clarity Stump and Finkal introduce a new way of analyzing and typologizing inflectional systems. While developing their model would have been enough, the book takes on an even greater dimension as they explicitly explore ways of synthesizing their perspective with recent competing models. Stump and Finkal cause us to pause and consider a new role for morphology in modern linguistic theory. And I suspect that the field will improve, when we do." Farrell Ackerman, Professor of Linguistics, UC San Diego Director, Human Development Program, UC San DiegoSee more reviews
"In this illuminating and timely investigation of inflectional systems, Stump and Finkel combine theoretical rigour with practical implementation, to provide a range of measures of complexity and an original typology." --Greville G. Corbett, University of Surrey
"A highly interesting new approach to morphological typology based on a formalized measure of the complexity of inflectional systems. An essential contribution to theoretical morphology and to research on linguistic complexity." --Matti Miestamo, Stockholm University
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- Date Published: June 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781316604779
- length: 428 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.57kg
- contains: 18 b/w illus. 232 tables
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Principal parts
3. A typology of principal-part systems
4. Inflection-class transparency
5. Grammatically enhanced plats
6. Impostors and heteroclites
7. Stems as principal parts
8. The marginal detraction hypothesis
9. Inflection classes, implicative relations and morphological theory
10. Entropy, predictability and predictiveness
11. The complexity of inflection-class systems
12. Sensitivity to plat presentation
13. The Principal-Parts Analyzer.
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