Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Clahsen: Rules of language

On default rules and other rules

Richard Wiese a1
a1 Institut für Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft, Philipps-Universität Marburg, 35032 Marburg, Germany


This commentary concentrates on the nature of irregularity in morphology. What is called “irregular” in the target article by Clahsen is not a homogeneous class. Rather, there are areas of strong subregularities in the domains both of German participle formation and of German plural information that need to be distinguished from the irregular domain.