By Dr Eva Berlage
This booklet explores noun word complexity in English, exhibiting that it's best accounted for either through a linear and a hierarchical parameter: its size and its form of postmodifier(s). The research is methodologically distinctive in that it combines univariate and multivariate analyses in an research of 4 diverse syntactic variables. Drawing on greater than 3 billion phrases of British and American information, Eva Berlage indicates that the size and the constitution of the NPs, besides language-external components comparable to the neighborhood number of English, paintings as strong determinants of the adaptation. On a theoretical point, the publication finds that the structural complexity of NPs can't be sufficiently captured by way of (phrasal) node counts yet that we have to comprise the measure to which NPs are sentential. The e-book is designed for researchers and scholars attracted to syntax, language version, sociolinguistics, structural complexity and the background of English.