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date: 19 April 2021

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This article analyses the relation between grammaticalisation and linguistic complexity. It suggests that this relation between complexity and grammaticalisation is not a straight-forward one, partly because both notions can be understood in several different ways. It addresses the questions of whether cross-linguistic comparisons between languages makes sense and whether differences in complexity between languages exist. It also clarifies the notion of complexity and discusses the complexity of the meaning-form relation.

Keywords: grammaticalisation, linguistic complexity, cross-linguistic comparisons, languages, meaning-form relation

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