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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.


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 28, Issue 2.

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