Presentation by Dunstan Brown (York) reporting on work by Yu-Ying Chuang (Tübingen), Dunstan Brown (York), Roger Evans (Brighton), Jule Weber (Tübingen) and Harald Baayen (Tübingen).
In this talk we report on ongoing work where we take another look at Russian nouns that are defective in the genitive plural. Rather than look at the form-based properties that contribute to the uncertainty of exponence in these nouns, we consider the problem from a new perspective, namely the distributional semantics of case and number. A motivation for this is Sims’ (2015: 101) conjecture that defectiveness may be the preferred option when there is semantic incongruity.
Dunstan Brown is a Professor in the Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York.
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