Archive for the ‘Inflectional morphology’ Category


July 7, 2015

From the NYT Sunday Review  on the 5th, in Nicholas Kristof’s column “Tales of Horror Should Galvanize Obama” (p. 9):

South Sudan is rived by civil war and collapsing economically

The PSP rived of the rare verb rive caught my eye; only riven would have been acceptable to me. In fact, for me, the verb is interestingly defective.