Behavioral and Brain Sciences



Open Peer Commentary
Clahsen: Rules of language

The place of analogy in Minimalist Morphology and the irregularity of regular forms


Dirk P. Janssen a1
a1 Max-Planck-Institute for Psycholinguistics, NL-6521 XL Nijmegen, The Netherlands dirkj@mpi.nl www.mpi.nl/world/persons/profession/dirkj.html

Abstract

Analogy plays an important role in the production of irregular forms but the proposed Minimalist Morphology (MM) representations do not express this. Recent results also show that the regular forms of strong paradigms can have idiosyncratic properties that cannot be accounted for by MM. Methodological problems with an experiment are discussed and a plea for a processing explanation is made.