REVIEWS Morphological complexity. By Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, and Gre- ville G. Corbett. (Cambridge studies in linguistics 153.) Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017. Pp. vii, 188. ISBN 9781107120648. $116 (Hb). Reviewed by Andrea D. Sims, The Ohio State University In Morphological complexity, Matthew Baerman, Dunstan Brown, and Greville Corbett (henceforth B et al.) offer a detailed investigation of inflection class organization from a typolog- ical perspective. While the title suggests a broader scope of investigation, the book starts from the stance that inflection class organization has inherently to do with morphological complexity, since classes represent morphological structure that mediates between form and meaning, inter- fering with direct form-meaning correspondences and sitting at the intersection between lexicon, morphology, and syntax. Data are drawn from sixty-four geographically and genetically diverse languages, ranging from the commonly studied (e.g. German, Russian) to languages that have re- ceived significantly less attention (e.g. Santa Ana Keres, a Keresan language of New Mexico, USA; and Lavukaleve, a language spoken in New Guinea belonging to the Central Solomons family). Examples from these and other languages highlight that inflection class organization ex- hibits more diversity than has generally been appreciated, giving the distinct impression that there are few
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