The fine implicative structure of European Portuguese conjugation



Recent literature has highlighted the extent to which inflectional paradigms are organised
into systems of implications allowing speakers to make full use of the inflection system
on the basis of exposure to only a few forms of each word. The present paper contributes
to this line of research by investigating in detail the implicative structure of European
Portuguese verbal paradigms. After outlining the computational methods we use to that
effect, we deploy these methods on a lexicon of about 5000 verbs, and show how the morphological and phonological properties of European Portuguese verbs lead to the observed patterns of predictability.


European Portuguese, conjugation, implicative structure, quantitative morphology


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