Language contact and morphosyntactic complexity: Evidence from German

Maitz, Péter; Németh, Attila (2014). Language contact and morphosyntactic complexity: Evidence from German. Journal of Germanic Linguistics, 26(1), pp. 1-29. Cambridge University Press 10.1017/S1470542713000184

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The article focuses on the hypothesis that the structural complexity of languages is variable and historically changeable. By means of a quantitative statistical analysis of naturalistic corpus data, the question is raised as to what role language contact and adult second language acquisition play in the simplification and complexification of language varieties. The results confirm that there is a significant correlation between intensity of contact and linguistic complexity, while at the same time showing that there is a need to consider other social factors, and, in particular, the attitude of a speech community toward linguistic norms.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages

UniBE Contributor:

Maitz, Péter

Subjects:

400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 430 German & related languages

ISSN:

1470-5427

Publisher:

Cambridge University Press

Language:

English

Submitter:

Péter Maitz

Date Deposited:

12 Dec 2018 10:26

Last Modified:

25 Oct 2019 08:28

Publisher DOI:

10.1017/S1470542713000184

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.121440

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/121440

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