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Title: Defective Paradigms
Subtitle: Missing Forms and What They Tell Us
Edited By: Matthew Baerman
Greville G. Corbett
Dunstan Brown
Series Title: Proceedings of the British Academy
Description:

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 word's set of forms: for example, given the verb
'forego', many if not most people are unwilling to produce a past tense.

Although such gaps have been known to us since the days of Classical
grammarians, they remain poorly understood. Defectiveness contradicts basic
assumptions about the way inflectional rules operate, because it seems to
require that speakers know that for certain words, not only should one not
employ the expected rule, one should not employ any rule at all. This is a
serious problem, since it is probably safe to say that all reigning models
of grammar were designed as if defectiveness did not exist, and would lose
a considerable amount of their elegance if it were properly factored in.

This volume addressed these issues from a number of analytical approaches -
historical, statistical and theoretical - and by using studies from a range
of languages.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0197264603
ISBN-13: 9780197264607
Pages: 200
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