Please attend a colloquium this Friday by Frederick Newmeyer, a professor emeritus from our department. Most of our undergrads, I think, haven’t heard Fritz talk, so this is a great opportunity to hear from an excellent linguistic theorist. Abstract below.
Frederick J. Newmeyer
Professor Emeritus, University of Washington
Adjunct Professor, University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University
Can One Language Be More Complex Than Another?
Friday, April 22, 2011
Paccar Hall Room 291
Conventional wisdom among linguists holds that all languages are equally
complex. I question this assumption in the context of a discussion of the
means by which the relative complexity of languages might be measured. Much
of the talk is devoted to the social and historical factors that have been
claimed to be relevant to linguistic complexity.
Reception to follow in same room.
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