Suppletion in Verb Paradigms
Bits and pieces of the puzzle
Ljuba N. Veselinova | Stockholm University, Sweden
This book examines stem change in verb paradigms, as in English go 'go.PRESENT' vs. went 'go.PAST', a phenomenon referred to as suppletion in current linguistic theory. The work is based on a broad sample of 193 languages, and examines this long neglected phenomenon from a typological perspective. In addition to identifying types of suppletion which occur cross-linguistically, the study brings to light areal patterns of the occurrence of suppletive forms in verb paradigms. Several hypotheses as regards the diachronic development of suppletive forms are presented as well. The author also seeks to explore the methodological issues of evaluating the frequency of linguistic features in large language samples by introducing a method of weighting languages according to their genetic relatedness. All figures obtained in this way are compared to the proportions yielded by more familiar counting methods, and the results and implications of the different procedures are compared and discussed throughout.
[Typological Studies in Language, 67] 2006. xviii, 236 pp.
Publishing status: Available
© John Benjamins Publishing Company
Table of Contents
Acknowldegments | pp. ix–x
Abbreviations and presentation conventions | pp. xi–xiii
Introduction | pp. xv–xvii
Chapter 1: Previous studies on suppletion | pp. 1–31
Chapter 2: Method | pp. 33–49
Chapter 3: Some theoretical issues and a general overview of the data | pp. 51–61
Chapter 4: Tense-aspect suppletion I: Synchronic perspective | pp. 63–95
Chapter 5: Tense-aspect suppletion II: Diachronic and usage-based perspective | pp. 97–134
Chapter 6: Suppletive Imperatives | pp. 135–147
Chapter 7: Verbal number and suppletion | pp. 149–173
Concluding remarks | pp. 175–178
Appendices | pp. 179–214
Index of languages | pp. 231–232
Index of authors | pp. 233–234
Index of subjects | p. 235
“This book is the fruit of much solid and useful work. Having read it, I have a much clearer idea than before of where suppletion typically does and does not crop up, within the domain Veselinova investigates. And its incidence is by no means haphazard.”
Andrew Carstairs-McCarty, University of Canterbury, on Linguist List Vol. 18-209, 2006
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