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Typology: Nominal and Adjectival Suppletion

Date Submitted: 12-May-2010
From: Ghazaleh Vafaeian
Subject: Typology: Nominal and Adjectival Suppletion
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Institution/Organization: Stockholm University

Notice: Editor's Note: This submission was originally posted as a Query on April 22, 2010 and is being reposted to the Notice Board. It was issue 21-1942:

I am currently working on a typological project on nominal and adjectival suppletion. This query has two parts: one is a plea for additional data from a broad range of languages and the other is about Semitic languages.

I have not found any suppletive forms in the following languages that I

Northern Embera, Nez Perce, Martuyhunira, Berbice Dutch Creole,
Azari, Samoan, Wirango, Mundari, Thai, Maricopa, Paumarí, Tlingil, Apruinã, Lakhota, Arabana-Wangkangurru, Mandarin Chinese, Indonesian, and Ndyuka.

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If you are familiar with these languages and know of the existence of any nominal or adjectival suppletive forms, I will greatly appreciate any information you can share. I will also be interested in other references that might be relevant. Suppletive forms in closely related languages are also of interest to me.

In addition to the typological study I would like to do a historical
comparative study of the Semitic family. Consequently, I am looking for suppletive nouns and adjectives in all Semitic languages except Maltese, Hebrew, Standard Arabic, Moroccan Arabic, Iraqi Arabic and Egyptian Arabic since I already have data for these languages.

If you are familiar with any other Semitic languages and know of the
existence of any nominal or adjectival suppletive forms, any information
you can share will be greatly appreciated.

Ghazaleh Vafaeian
Master's Student
Stockholm University