Chuang, Yu-Ying; Brown, Dunstan; Evans, Roger; Baayen, Harald. 2021. Investigating Sims’ conjecture: looking at the distributional semantics of Russian defective nouns. Invited talk at the Linguistics Department colloquium, Ohio State University, October 29, 2021.

  • Yu-Ying Chuang (Invited speaker)
  • Brown, D. (Invited speaker)
  • Roger Evans (Invited speaker)
  • Harald Baayen (Invited speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationLecture


In this talk we report on ongoing work where we take another look at Russian nouns that are defective in the genitive plural. Rather than look at the form-based properties that contribute to the uncertainty of exponence in these nouns, we consider the problem from a new perspective, namely the distributional semantics of case and number. A motivation for this is Sims’ (2015: 101) conjecture that defectiveness may be the preferred option when there is semantic incongruity.
Period29 Oct 2021
Held atOhio State University, United States, Ohio
Degree of RecognitionInternational