By Heike Wiese

Each linguistic conception has to come back to grips with a primary estate of human language: the life of exceptions, i.e. phenomena that don't stick with the traditional styles one observes differently. The contributions to this quantity talk about and exemplify numerous methods to exceptionality inside of diversified formal and non-formal frameworks.

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Beedham 2005). Since complex morphological constructions are often semantically underdetermined, the formation of such patterns can be based on aspects of meaning of the elements involved. This holds for semantic as well as pragmatic aspects. The example of brauchen ‘need’ above illustrated a case where the development into an inflectionally irregular verb is driven by the semantic affiliation with elements of a morpho-syntactically exceptional subsystem. An interesting example from morphopragmatics comes from diminutives in English and German (cf.

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And what can be done about them? 21 subsystems. An example coming from inflectional morphology is the formation of tense forms of irregular verbs in English (cf. Jackendoff 2002: ch. 6) and German (cf. Beedham 2005). Since complex morphological constructions are often semantically underdetermined, the formation of such patterns can be based on aspects of meaning of the elements involved. This holds for semantic as well as pragmatic aspects. The example of brauchen ‘need’ above illustrated a case where the development into an inflectionally irregular verb is driven by the semantic affiliation with elements of a morpho-syntactically exceptional subsystem.

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