Defective Verbal Paradigms in Hungarian—Description and Experimental Study

Ágnes Lukács, Peter Rebrus and Miklós Törkenczy

in Defective Paradigms

Published by British Academy

Published in print May 2010 | ISBN: 9780197264607
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734366 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Defective Verbal Paradigms in Hungarian—Description and Experimental Study

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This chapter evaluates the defective verbal paradigms in the Hungarian language. The first section of the chapter provides an overview of the defectiveness in Hungarian, with emphasis on the systematic, phonotactically motivated defectiveness of the paradigms of some verbal stems. The aim of this section is to be as theoretically neutral and descriptive as possible to facilitate a good comparison with other types of defectiveness in other languages. The second section of the chapter discusses the results of the experiments which are conducted in order to determine the various aspects of the defectiveness in the verbal paradigm. Some of the aspects tested include: the gap locations such as the occurrence and variation of forms in other designated cells of the verbal paradigm, and the correlations between the occurrence of forms in some designated cells; and the gap properties such as the differences in the classification of some verb stems into various stem-classes, and the range of variation exhibited by the forms that native Hungarian speakers accept as fill-ins for the gaps that are present in the paradigms of the defective verbs.

Keywords: defective verbal paradigms; Hungarian language; phonotactically motivated defectiveness; verbal stems; experiments; verbal paradigm; gap locations; gap properties; gaps

Chapter.  6010 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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