A typology of defectiveness

Conference on Defective Paradigms: Missing forms and what they tell us

The conference Defective paradigms: missing forms and what they tell us was held on 10-11 April 2008 at the British Academy, under the sponsorship of the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy. The conference programme is given below, with links to the presentation material.

Papers from the conference appear in an edited volume on defectiveness:

Baerman, Matthew, Greville G. Corbett & Dunstan Brown (eds). 2010. Defective paradigms: missing forms and what they tell us. (Proceedings of the British Academy 163). Oxford:  British Academy & Oxford University Press.


10 April 2008

10.30 - 11.00 Greville Corbett (University of Surrey) Introduction                                     
11.00 - 11.45 Matthew Baerman (University of Surrey)  Defectiveness: typology and diachrony
11.45 - 12.45 Gregory Stump (University of Kentucky) Interactions between syncretism and defectiveness
12.45 - 13.45 Lunch
13.45 - 14.30  Adam Albright (MIT) Cautious generalization of inflectional morphology, and its role in defectivity
14.30 - 15.30 Roger Evans (University of Brighton) Defectiveness: challenges for bottom-up lexical description
15.30 - 16.00 Break
16.00 - 16.45 John Löwenadler (Göteborg University) Missing adjective forms in Swedish
16.45 - 17.30 Gilles Boyé (Göteborg University) and Patricia Cabredo Hofherr (Université Paris 8 and Surrey Morphology Group) Defectivity as stem suppletion in French and Spanish verbs

 11 April 2008

09.00 - 10.00 Marianne Mithun (University of California, Santa Barbara) The search for regularity in irregularity: Defectiveness and its implications for our knowledge of words                             
10.00 - 10.45  Ágnes Lukács (Budapest University of Technology), Péter Rebrus and Miklós Törkenczy  (Hungarian Academy of Sciences) Paradigmatic space and defectiveness in Hungarian
10.45 - 11.15 Break
11.15 - 12.00 Milan Rezac (University of Nantes) Morphological versus syntactic gaps in Romance clitic clusters
12.00 - 13.00  Stephen Anderson  (Yale University) Failing one's obligations: Defectiveness in Rumantsch reflexes of DEBERE
13.00 - 14.00 Lunch
14.00 - 14.45 Ilze Lokmane and Andra Kalnača (University of Latvia) Defective paradigms of reflexive nouns and participles in Latvian
14.45 - 15.30 Martin Maiden and Paul O'Neill (University of Oxford) On defective morphomes
15.30 - 16.00 Break
16.00 - 16.45 Andrea Sims and Robert Daland  (Northwestern University) Modeling inflectional defectiveness as usage-based probability: Lessons from Modern Greek
16.45 - 17.00 Closing remarks

Project members

Prof Greville G. Corbett
Dr Dunstan Brown
Dr Matthew Baerman

Period of award:

September 2006 - February 2009


Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)