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Paradigmatic complexity in pidgins and creoles
(Edinburgh University Press, 2015)
The last decade has seen increasing attention paid to questions of grammatical complexity, in particular regarding the extent to which some languages can be said to be more “complex” than others, whether globally or with ...
Commentary on the Bostoen et al.’s Middle to Late Holocene paleoclimatic change and the early Bantu Expansion in the rain forests of western Central Africa
(University of Chicago Press, 2015)
The paper by Bostoen et al. is a landmark attempt to synthesize results from a range of disciplines in order to refine our understanding of the Bantu expansion. It comes at an important moment in the field of linguistics ...
How to become a “Kwa” noun
(Springer Netherlands, 2012-03-21)
An important problem of comparative Niger-Congo morphology is understanding the processes that relate word structures in languages of the isolating “Kwa” type to those of the agglutinating “Bantu” type. A salient sub-problem ...
Quantifying Language Dynamics: Introduction
A review of “Dynamics of contact-induced language change” by Claudine Chamoreau and Isabelle Léglise (eds.)
(John Benjamins, 2016)
The present volume consists of twelve chapters, along with an introduction by the editors, and its general focus is the relationship between language contact and language change in morphological and syntactic constructions. ...
Review of Total reduplication: The areal linguistics of a potential universal, by Thomas Stolz, Cornelia Stroh, and Aina Urdze. Zeitschrift f¨ur Dialektologie und Linguistik. 81:124–126
The focus of this rich volume is total reduplication, that is, reduplicative constructions where one finds two copies of the same element appearing adjacent to each other in a way prescribed by the grammar of a language, ...