|Title:||'Beyond and behind the tables – a reply to Michael Bulley: Why no mips?'|
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|Institution:||'Université de Toulouse II - Le Mirail'|
|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.|
This article appears in English Today Vol. 28, Issue 2, which you can read on Cambridge's site .
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