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Relative Acceptability of Missing Adjective Forms in Swedish

John Löwenadler

in Defective Paradigms

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264607
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734366 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197264607.003.0005

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Relative Acceptability of Missing Adjective Forms in Swedish

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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

Chapter.  5549 words. 

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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