A bias towards category clustering: new Language paper by Mansfield, Stoll & Bickel

In a new paper out in Language, ISLE members Sabine Stoll and Balthasar Bickel teamed up with John Mansfield (U Melbourne) for measuring the extent to which agreement markers cluster in their morphological placement

Combining corpus and typological data they discovered a universal, probabilistic bias towards coherent clusters. The effects is arguably grounded in learnability constraints.

More: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/757629

Fabienne Leuenberger