The worlds simplest grammars are creole grammars

@article{Mcwhorter2001TheWS,
  title={The worlds simplest grammars are creole grammars},
  author={J. Mcwhorter},
  journal={Linguistic Typology},
  year={2001},
  volume={5},
  pages={125-166}
}
It is often stated that all languages are equal in terms of complexity. This paper introduces a metric of complexity, determined by degree of overt signalling of various phonetic, morphological, syntactic, and semantic distinctions beyond communicative necessity. By this metric, a subset of creole languages display less overall grammatical complexity than older languages, by virtue of the fact that they were born as pidgins, and thus stripped of almost all features unnecessary to communication… Expand
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