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Title: Beyond and behind the tables – a reply to Michael Bulley: Why no mips?
Author: Daniel Huber
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Institution: Université de Toulouse II - Le Mirail
Linguistic Field: Lexicography
Subject Language: English
Abstract: In a recent article in ET 109 Michael Bulley (2012: 35) presents ‘the permutations for monosyllables in common use in standard British English having the phonetic pattern: single consonant + short vowel + single consonant’, using the OED as his source for data. While acknowledging the usefulness of Bulley's tables for pedagogical purposes, I wish to offer a very distinct answer to the question why certain words are missing from the contemporary English lexicon although they could have occurred as possible words.

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