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Complexity in nominal plural allomorphy - a contrastive survey of ten Germanic languages

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Dammel, Antje ; Kürschner, Sebastian:
Complexity in nominal plural allomorphy - a contrastive survey of ten Germanic languages.
In: Miestamo, Matti ; Sinnemäki, Kaius ; Karlsson, Fred (Hrsg.): Language complexity : Typology, contact, change. - Amsterdam : Benjamins, 2008. - S. 243-262
ISBN 978-3-319-29483-4 ; 978-3-319-29481-0

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We investigate the complexity of nominal plural allomorphy in ten Germanic languages from a contrastive and diachronic perspective. Focusing on one language family allows us to develop multidimensional criteria to measure morphological complexity and to compare different diachronical drifts. We introduce a three-step complexity metric, involving (1) a quantitative step, (2) a qualitative step, and (3) a validation step comparing the results from step (1) and (2) to actual language use. In this article, we apply the method’s two first steps to the plural allomorphy of our sample languages. Our criteria include for (1) the number of allomorphs and for (2) iconicity in form-meaning relationship, the basis of allomorph assignment, and the direction of determination between stem and suffix. Our approach reveals Faroese as the most complex language and English as the simplest one.

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Publikationsform:Aufsatz in einem Buch
Institutionen der Universität:Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaftliche Fakultät > Germanistik > Lehrstuhl für Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft
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Eingestellt am:15. Dez 2016 10:29
Letzte Änderung:15. Dez 2016 10:29
URL zu dieser Anzeige:http://edoc.ku-eichstaett.de/18725/