Probabilistic morphology in Chintang
The Chintang language of Nepal has been idenfitied as an unusual case of free variation in affix ordering (Bickel et al 2007). Furthermore, it has endoclitics that can be inserted freely at various points in the verb. Given this freedom to select among a range of morphological structures for the same verbal word, we might ask: what is the probabilistic profile of speaker choices? Are certain orderings more likely to be selected than others? And do these appear to be arbitrary conventionalisation, or the effects of recognisable morphosyntactic and phonological principles?
John Mansfield, The University of Melbourne