By Andrea Sims

Paradigmatic gaps ('missing' inflected types) have ordinarily been thought of to be the random detritus of a language's heritage and marginal exceptions to the conventional functioning of its inflectional approach. Arguing that it is a misperception, Inflectional Defectiveness demonstrates that paradigmatic gaps are in truth basic and anticipated items of inflectional constitution. Sims deals an obtainable exploration of the way and why inflectional defectiveness arises, why it persists, and the way it truly is realized. The ebook provides a concept of morphology that's rooted within the implicative constitution of the paradigm. This systematic exploration of the subject additionally addresses questions of inflection type association, the morphology-syntax interface, the constitution of the lexicon, and the character of productiveness. featuring a unique synthesis of confirmed learn and new empirical info, this paintings is critical for researchers and graduate scholars in all fields of linguistics.

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