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Sun Oct 08 2006

Qs: Usurpative Etymology of Suppletive Forms

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        1.    Konrad Szczesniak, Usurpative Etymology of Suppletive Forms


Message 1: Usurpative Etymology of Suppletive Forms
Date: 04-Oct-2006
From: Konrad Szczesniak <kportultra.cto.us.edu.pl>
Subject: Usurpative Etymology of Suppletive Forms


Dear Colleagues,

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,

Konrad Szczesniak
Silesian University

Marcus Callies
Philipps Universitat Marburg

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Typology

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