Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: Agglutinativity Index (was: Re: What's a good isolating language to look at)

From:Thomas Hart Chappell <tomhchappell@...>
Date:Saturday, December 10, 2005, 22:00
On Fri, 9 Dec 2005 01:15:37 -0500, John Quijada <jq_ithkuil@...>

>I'm not understanding something about this synthesis index. Do zero-marked >morpheme values get counted when determining the index?
No. If you were calculating a fusion index (average number of meanings per morpheme), a "zero-morpheme" could introduce a fraction with a zero denominator and a nonzero numerator, making the whole average infinite. Also, the problem could come up: Lion = Lion-MASC-SING Lioness = Lion-FEM-SING Lions = Lion-MASC-PLUR Lionesses = Lion-FEM-PLUR Is "Lion" Lion-0 or Lion-0-0? Is it 0, with MASC-SING fused, or 0-0, with MASC and SING agglutinated? Furthermore, for the synthesis index, Lions = Lion-0-s because the 0-morph marks them as MASC so "Lions" has three morphemes; Lioness = Lion-ess-0 because the 0-morph marks her as SING so "Lioness" has three morphemes; Lion = Lion-0? or Lion-0-0? Does it have two morphemes? or three? Anyway the average is between 2.75 and 3.00 morphemes per word, if we count the zero morphemes. So, it makes no sense to include the zero morphemes, either in the synthesis index, or in the fusion index or agglutinativity index. --- Read"Pirkola"% 20intitle:"Morphological%20typology%20of%20languages%20for%20IR" if you want; I've printed it off, so I can read it. Tom H.C. in MI


Aidan Grey <taalenmaple@...>Agglutinativity Index