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Albright, Adam (2005)


The paper discusses paradigmatic gaps in Spanish verbs which occur in forms which (in analogy to the phonological shapes of other verbs) are likely to exhibit unpredictable morphophonological alternations. Thus many roots ending in [s] exhibit insertion of -k in the 1sg present (Inf. cre[s]-er vs. 1sg cres[k]o, 'grow') and as-er, 'grasp' lacks a corresponding 1sg . An experiment conducted by Albright with Spanish speakers indicates that paradigmatic gaps are especially likely for verbs which are unfamiliar to speakers and whose phonological shape/inflectional class membership doesn't allow a confident estimation of their behavior as alternating or non-alternating, where confidence is computed in terms of the morphological rule learning algorithm proposed by Albright & Hayes (2002)

authorAlbright, Adam
titleA quantitative study of Spanish paradigm gaps
editorGarding, Gina and Tsujimara, Mimu
booktitleWCCFL 22: Proceedings of the 22nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
addressSomerville, Mass
publisherCascadilla Press


    author = {Albright, Adam},
    year = {2005},
    title = {A quantitative study of Spanish paradigm gaps},
    booktitle = {WCCFL 22: Proceedings of the 22nd West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics},
    editor = {Garding, Gina and Tsujimara, Mimu},
    address = {Somerville, Mass},
    publisher = {Cascadilla Press},
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