By Eva Berlage

This publication explores noun word complexity in English, displaying that it's best accounted for either through a linear and a hierarchical parameter: its size and its kind of postmodifier(s). The learn is methodologically specific in that it combines univariate and multivariate analyses in an research of 4 diversified syntactic variables. Drawing on greater than 3 billion phrases of British and American information, Eva Berlage exhibits that the size and the constitution of the NPs, in addition to language-external elements resembling the local number of English, paintings as strong determinants of the adaptation. On a theoretical point, the ebook unearths that the structural complexity of NPs can't be sufficiently captured via (phrasal) node counts yet that we have to include the measure to which NPs are sentential. The booklet is designed for researchers and scholars attracted to syntax, language edition, sociolinguistics, structural complexity and the historical past of English.

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