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Typology of Defectiveness

Baerman, M, Corbett, GG and Brown, DP (2009) Typology of Defectiveness .

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Abstract

The term 'defectiveness' refers to gaps in inflectional paradigms — specifically, gaps which do not appear to follow from natural restrictions imposed by meaning or function. The Latin noun for 'change' is a textbook example: bizarrely, it lacks nominative and dative singular forms, and has no genitive plural. The fact that inflectional paradigms may have such anomalous gaps in them has been known since at least the days of the classical grammarians, but now as then, we understand little about them. And though the existence of defective paradigms is indisputable, few people could name more than a handful of examples. The project A Typology of Defectiveness, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, completed in February 2009, has aimed to expand our empirical knowledge of this intriguing phenomenon and to clarify its significance for the study of language. This website hosts two complementary databases. The Typological Database examines the different types of defective paradigms according to various typological parameters, while the 100-language Survey looks for plausible examples within a controlled sample, in order to gain a picture of how prevalent defectiveness actually is in the languages of the world.

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NameEmailORCID
Baerman, Mm.baerman@surrey.ac.ukUNSPECIFIED
Corbett, GGUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Brown, DPUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : 2009
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Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 16 May 2017 15:31
Last Modified : 17 May 2017 14:36
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/820194

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