Measuring typological syntheticity of English diachronically with the use of corpora: Ondřej Tichý / Jan Čermák
ONDŘEJ TICHÝ / JAN ČERMÁK
Measuring typological syntheticity of English diachronically with the use of corpora1
The paper proposes a quantitative, but holistic methodology for establishing a level of morphological syntheticity. The methodology is based on a series of corpus-based probes into morphological behaviour of selected high-frequency nouns, adjectives and verbs from Old English to Present-day English. Reflecting on the distribution of the morphological markers in the four periods under scrutiny, levels of syntheticity are established that correspond to the textbook story of a typological re-shaping in the history of English.