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Re: Maximal flexibility with self-segregating morphology

From:Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...>
Date:Monday, September 8, 2008, 23:38
On Mon, Sep 8, 2008 at 1:01 PM, Logan Kearsley <chronosurfer@...> wrote:
> Altogether, this results in the most flexible self-segregating > morphological system I have yet seen (although, it only addresses > segregating words, rather than individual morphemes, but a > word-internal segregation system could be superimposed fairly easily).
Having thought about this more over the course of the day, I have come to a conclusion which I thought was rather profound, but I suspect many people will find blatantly obvious- there is a sliding scale of flexibility vs. ease of parsing, such that there is no maximally flexible segregating morphology in an abstract objective sense; rather, there's a maximally flexible morphology with respect to the structure already imposed by a language's phonotactics, and how much mental effort your willing to put into parsing out words. -l.