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Phylogenetic exploration of language complexity in Austronesian, Bantu, and Indo-European Language Families

Shcherbakova, Olena; Skirgard, Hedvig; Greenhill, Simon


While language complexity has received attention from sociolinguistic, psycholinguistic, and computational perspectives, the processes of simplification and complexification over time remain challenging to examine and explain. One strand of research focuses on complexity ‘tradeoffs’ and ‘local complexity’ asking whether complexification in one grammatical domain necessitates simplification in another so that all languages are ‘equi-complex’ (Miestamo, 2009, Sinnemäki, 2008). The tradeoffs...[Show more]

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Date published: 2020
Type: Conference paper
Source: Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on the Evolution of Language (EvoLang13)
DOI: 10.17617/2.3190925
Access Rights: Open Access


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