[Corpora-List] Full list of irregular English plurals

Alexander S. Yeh asy at mitre.org
Wed Nov 26 01:07:59 CET 2008


Brett Reynolds wrote:
> The unedited list linked to below includes words tagged NN2 in the
> COCA that occur more than 5 times. There are about 1650, and roughly
> 20% of those are different kinds of men, women, and children (e.g.,
> madmen, charwomen, foster-children).

I think this implies that one may never find "the full" list, because as new nouns or adjectives get created, one can then create nouns of the form:

"Xman", "Xwoman" (where X is a new noun or adjective) which in the plural form become "Xmen", "Xwomen"

Thanks -Alex


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> Brett
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