Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Clahsen: Rules of language

Regular versus irregular inflection: A question of levels

Alessandro Laudanna a1
a1 Institute of Psychology, National Research Council (CNR), 00137 Rome, Italy


When referring to the organization of the mental lexicon, the distinction between combinatorial rules and lexical listing for regularly versus irregularly inflected words should be further developed to account for subregular morphological processes. Moreover, the distinction may be more or less appropriate depending on the lexical component under consideration, and it is subject to interplay with other factors that are relevant in determining the representational structure of the lexical system.