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Defective Paradigms: Missing Forms and What They Tell Us

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Defective Paradigms: Missing Forms and What They Tell Us - Baerman, Matthew, and Corbett, Greville G, and Brown, Dunstan, Professor
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An important design feature of language is the use of productive patterns in inflection. In English, we have pairs such as 'enjoy' 'enjoyed', 'agree' 'agreed', and many others. On the basis of this productive pattern, if we meet a new verb 'transduce' we know that there will be the form 'transduced'. Even if the pattern is not fully regular, there will be a form available, as in 'understand' 'understood'. Surprisingly, this principle is sometimes violated, a phenomenon known as defectiveness, which means there is a gap in a ...

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Defective Paradigms: Missing Forms and What They Tell Us 2010, Oxford University Press, USA, Oxford, England

ISBN-13: 9780197264607

Hardcover