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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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Relative Acceptability of Missing Adjective Forms in Swedish

Relative Acceptability of Missing Adjective Forms in Swedish

(p.68) (p.69) 5 Relative Acceptability of Missing Adjective Forms in Swedish
Defective Paradigms

John Löwenadler

British Academy

This chapter discusses the implications of an acceptability test designed to evaluate the Swedish native speakers's reluctance to form the neuter gender of certain adjectives such as the defective adjectives. This chapter provides some observations related to the Löwenadler paper. While the paper focused on the certain Swedish adjective forms which are regarded as ungrammatical by most Swedish speakers, the present chapter places emphasis on the actual evaluation of the logically possible yet unacceptable neuter alternatives. To provide a better understanding of the reluctance of speakers to use neuter gender, the chapter provides some additional factors aside from the inflectional process that define the judgements derived from the acceptability test.

Keywords:   acceptability test, Swedish, neuter gender, defective adjectives, Swedish adjective forms, inflectional process

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