Are there any references of natural languages lacking morphology in the scientific literature? I suppose there should be, given the topic's importance and the popular opinion on this, but so far all I've found is this (clearly insufficient). This question is related to a previous one

  • A propos the dissertation, why is it clearly insufficient? I assume you have in mind some kind of refereeing criterion (which you should explain).
    – user6726
    Sep 20, 2018 at 22:33
  • Insufficient because it's the only one
    – jaam
    Sep 20, 2018 at 22:55
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    Some languages usually mentioned as more extreme examples of isolating languages are: Classical Chinese, Vietnamese, Yoruba. But none are totally isolating, all have some words which are not monomorphemic. To find works on this topic search for 'morphological typology'. Sep 20, 2018 at 23:17
  • @GastonÜmlaut "But none are totally isolating..." -- I'm afraid the jury is still out on this. I'd say compound words are permitted in a totally isolating language if they compound roots only
    – jaam
    Sep 22, 2018 at 21:56


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