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Explaining SyntaxRepresentations, Structures, and Computation$
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Peter W. Culicover

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199660230

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199660230.001.0001

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Morphological complexity outside of universal grammar Morphological complexity outside of universal grammar (1998) *

Morphological complexity outside of universal grammar Morphological complexity outside of universal grammar (1998) *

(p.334) 13 Morphological complexity outside of universal grammar (1998)*
Explaining Syntax

Jirka Hana

Peter W. Culicover

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on morphosyntax, in particular the use of linear order in inflected words to express correspondences between form and meaning. It explores the possibility that different orderings among the root and inflection in an inflected form may yield differences in the complexity of the form-meaning correspondence. It argues that the identification of inflectional morphology expressed as suffixation is computationally less complex than prefixation, which in turn is computationally less complex than infixation. These preferences account for the greater frequency of suffixation over prefixation, and the greater frequency of prefixation over infixation.

Keywords:   morphosyntax, linear order, words, form, meaning, inflectional morphology, suffixation, prefixation, infixation

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