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The Computational Cost of Generalizations: An Example from Micromorphology

Moradi, Sedigheh, Alëna Aksënova, and Thomas Graf

Abstract The central concern of linguistics is to succinctly state generalizations. But as numerous linguists have pointed out over the years, generalizations do not always come for free. A formalism’s ability to account for the data does not entail that it can express the relevant generalizations about the data. We illustrate this point with a computational case study in micro-morphology. More precisely, we show that the subregular complexity of adjective inflection in Noon varies depending on what generalizations one wishes to capture.

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    author = {Moradi, Sedigheh and Aks\"{e}nova, Al\"{e}na and Graf, Thomas},
    title = {The Computational Cost of Generalizations: An Example from Micromorphology},
    year = {2019},
    note = {Poster presented at \emph{{SCiL} 2019}, January 3--6, co-located with the {LSA 2019}}