Paradigm Structure and Predictability in Latin Inflection: An Entropy-Based Approach (Studies in Morphology #6) (Hardcover)

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Paradigm Structure and Predictability in Latin Inflection: An Entropy-Based Approach (Studies in Morphology #6) (Hardcover)

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Latin paradigms are almost proverbially known, and they have often been used as a test case for different theoretical approaches to morphological complexity. This book analyses them in a completely word-based perspective, using a recently developed information-theoretic methodology, making entropy-based techniques of analysis available to a wider readership. By doing so, it shows the relevance of traditional notions like principal parts, giving them a more principled, data-driven formulation. Furthermore, it suggests enhancements to the standard information-theoretic methodology, allowing to account for the role of external factors - like gender and derivational information - in improving predictability between inflected word forms. This book is useful to morphologists, that will see ideas and techniques taken from the current debate on morphological theory tested on complex phenomena of a language as renowned as Latin. It is also helpful for scholars working in both Latin and Romancelinguistics: the former will find a freely available lexical resource and a novel description of Latin paradigms, that can be exploited by the latter to draw a comparison with recent analyses of the inflectional morphology of several Romance languages.
Product Details ISBN: 9783031248436
ISBN-10: 3031248430
Publisher: Springer
Publication Date: April 1st, 2023
Pages: 183
Language: English
Series: Studies in Morphology