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LINGUIST List 21.1942

Thu Apr 22 2010

Qs: Typology: Nominal and Adjectival Suppletion

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        1.    Ghazaleh Vafaeian, Typology: Nominal and Adjectival Suppletion

Message 1: Typology: Nominal and Adjectival Suppletion
Date: 20-Apr-2010
From: Ghazaleh Vafaeian <vghazalehgmail.com>
Subject: Typology: Nominal and Adjectival Suppletion
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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.

For the complete list of references used please have a look at:


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

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

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