The competitiveness of a pattern depends not only on its frequency, but also on the frequency of its morphological neighbourhood, that is, of similar patterns. It is shown that the past participle is the morphological neighbourhood for the simple past and vice versa. Data from irregular verbs in English are presented to support this claim. This claim is based on a psycholinguistic coneption of the grammar in which the morphological neighbourhood secondarily activates the pattern in question, thus adding to its competitiveness.
28 jun 2019
Iclave10 (The International Conference on Language Variation in Europe)