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Each linguistic concept has to return to grips with a primary estate of human language: the life of exceptions, i.e. phenomena that don't stick with the traditional styles one observes differently. The contributions to this quantity speak about and exemplify numerous methods to exceptionality inside various formal and non-formal frameworks.

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Twain, Mark 1907 The awful German language. In A Tramp Abroad, Mark Twain, 267– 284. F. Collier & Son [originally: 1880]. Udolph, Jürgen 1989 Verners Gesetz im heutigen Deutsch. Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik 56: 156–170. Verner, Karl 1877 Eine ausnahme der ersten lautverschiebung. Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung 23: 97–130. Wiese, Heike 2003 Sprachliche Arbitrarität als Schnittstellenphänomen. Habilitation thesis. Humboldt-University Berlin. Wiese, Heike 2006 Partikeldiminuierung im Deutschen.

Collier & Son [originally: 1880]. Udolph, Jürgen 1989 Verners Gesetz im heutigen Deutsch. Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik 56: 156–170. Verner, Karl 1877 Eine ausnahme der ersten lautverschiebung. Zeitschrift für vergleichende Sprachforschung 23: 97–130. Wiese, Heike 2003 Sprachliche Arbitrarität als Schnittstellenphänomen. Habilitation thesis. Humboldt-University Berlin. Wiese, Heike 2006 Partikeldiminuierung im Deutschen. Sprachwissenschaft 31: 457– 489. Wiese, Richard 1996 The Phonology of German.

Second, there are proposals for regularizing exceptions: re-analyzing them so that they turn out to be fully unexceptional. And third, some accounts acknowledge exceptions as such and try to explain why they are exceptional. The three options of accommodating, regularizing, and explaining exceptions will be discussed in the next three sections in turn. 2. Accommodating exceptions in syntax Let us consider ways of representing syntactic exceptions as hybrid structures, part exceptional and part regular.

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