Frequency determines defaults in German: Default perfect -t versus irregular plural -s

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 22 (6):1040-1041 (1999)

Abstract
The German facts are consistent with the hypothesis that the default is the most frequent allomorph. Plural -s is the least frequent allomorph and does not act as a default. There is another way to measure the frequency of perfects in which no single -n allomorph is as frequent as -t. Lexical versus computational components do not correlate with regularity.
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DOI 10.1017/s0140525x99502227
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