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Morphological Complexity - Baerman, Matthew, and Brown, Dunstan, and Corbett, Greville G.
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Inflectional morphology plays a paradoxical role in language. On the one hand it tells us useful things, for example that a noun is plural or a verb is in the past tense. On the other hand many languages get along perfectly well without it, so the baroquely ornamented forms we sometimes find come across as a gratuitous over-elaboration. This is especially apparent where the morphological structures operate at cross purposes to the general systems of meaning and function that govern a language, yielding inflection classes ...

Morphological Complexity 2017, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge

ISBN-13: 9781107120648