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FYI: 'Defective Paradigms' Conference Proceedings Available Online

Author: Matthew Baerman

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology

FYI Body: The presentations from the April 2008 conference 'Defective paradigms:
missing forms and what they tell us' are now available via the website:


The papers treat the topic of inflectional defectiveness from a number of
different perspectives (formal, typological, computational, statistical).
The conference was convened by the Surrey Morphology Group, sponsored by
the Arts and Humanities Research Council (UK) and the British Academy.

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