Chapter published in:Reorganising Grammatical Variation: Diachronic studies in the retention, redistribution and refunctionalisation of linguistic variants
Edited by Antje Dammel, Matthias Eitelmann and Mirjam Schmuck
[Studies in Language Companion Series 203] 2018
► pp. 175–208
Reorganising voice in the history of Greek
Split complexity and prescriptivism
In this study, I analyse the reorganisation of voice variation in Greek in terms of an increase or decrease in complexity. I support the view of split complexity (E[xternal]- vs. I[nternal]-complexity), and I add the role of parametric routes to the whole picture of grammatical complexity in cases of reorganisation of variation. In this respect, the new active anticausatives resulted in a lower degree of complexity in terms of derivation; conversely, the parametric route became more complex because a microparameter determines the lexically constrained group of active anticausatives. In terms of E-complexity, the option of this microparameter results in lower complexity because it is related to frequent elements. However, E-complexity is also affected by a prescriptive rule that favours elements that are less frequent (nonactive anticausatives).
Keywords: complexity, prescriptivism, Voice, anticausatives, Greek
Published online: 24 October 2018
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