Komplexität und semantische Transparenz im Deutschen und Englischen

Fischer, Klaus (2007) Komplexität und semantische Transparenz im Deutschen und Englischen. Sprachwissenschaft, 32 (4). pp. 355-401. ISSN 0344-8169

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Taking D. L. Everett's controversial analysis of Pirahã as the point of departure, this article revisits J. A. Hawkins's contrastive typology of German and English that - like D. L. Everett's analysis - attempts explanation from one unifying principle. The article analyses a translation corpus and, based on the respective findings, argues that J. A. Hawkins's typology is in need of complementation: both simple and complex German sentences turn out to be less semantically transparent than their English counterparts in a number of respects. The article also addresses the generally accepted complexity differential between the two languages: this decreases if grammatical complexity is not reduced to morphological complexity and if both realisation and text frequency of grammatical categories are considered in the spirit of a typology of parole.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Represents and criticises widely held beliefs about the complexity and semantic transparency of English and German
Uncontrolled Keywords: Linguistic complexity, semantic transparency, case marking, subordination, German, English, Pirahã, linguistic stereotyping, linguistic processing, parallel text, complementation, typology of parole
Subjects: 400 Language > 410 Linguistics
400 Language > 420 English & Old English
400 Language > 430 Germanic languages; German
Department: Guildhall School of Business and Law
Depositing User: Klaus Fischer
Date Deposited: 20 Apr 2020 08:50
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2020 08:50
URI: http://repository.londonmet.ac.uk/id/eprint/5731

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