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Defective ParadigmsMissing Forms and What They Tell Us$
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Matthew Baerman, Greville G. Corbett, and Dunstan Brown

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780197264607

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197264607.001.0001

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Introduction: Defectiveness: Typology and Diachrony

Introduction: Defectiveness: Typology and Diachrony

(p.1) 1 Introduction: Defectiveness: Typology and Diachrony
Defective Paradigms

Matthew Baerman

Greville G. Corbett

British Academy

A defective word is defined by paradigm as incomplete compared with the major class it belongs to. Defectiveness signifies the unwanted intrusion of morphological idiosyncrasy into syntax. Although this phenomenon has been a constant subject of studies, it has been ill incorporated into the theories of language. This present volume brings together scholars from various theoretical schools for an overdue typological view of defectiveness. It concentrates on some samples of idiosyncratic gaps which are assumed as indicative of the phenomenon of defectiveness. Before delving into the specified topics of each chapter, this introductory chapter presents a typology of defective paradigms. It discusses terms used to describe defectiveness in synchronotic terms, and the possible diachrony of defective paradigms.

Keywords:   defective words, paradigm, defectiveness, syntax, theories of language, idiosyncracies, phenomenon of defectiveness, typology, defective paradigms, diachrony

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