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Date: 04-Oct-2006 From: Konrad Szczesniak <kportultra.cto.us.edu.pl> Subject: Usurpative Etymology of Suppletive Forms
Apart from the well-known examples of suppletion in European languages (notably “to be”), there are interesting cases of suppletive forms with a “usurpative” etymology. The form “went” of “go” was usurped from the verb “wend”, or in Polish “lata” is the plural form of “rok” (year)—a plural taken from the noun “lato” (summer). We are studying patterns of usurpation of forms from other verbs or nouns. We will be grateful for examples from (all possible) languages and will post a summary. Thank you,