Volume 18, Issue 2
  • ISSN 0378-4177
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9978
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A rigorous definition of 'suppletion' is proposed, based on prototypical cases and the following pivotal idea of the current notion: two linguistic signs are in relation of suppletion if the semantic difference between them is maximally regular (i.e., it is grammatical inflectional or derivational) while their formal difference is maximally irregular (i.e., it is not covered by any alternation). The paper offers a concise survey of major types of suppletion: derivational vs. inflectional suppletion; radical vs. affixal suppletion; suppletion of morphs vs. of megamorphs vs. of idioms; a few dozen examples are quoted. After an analysis of five difficult cases, suppletion is considered along the diachronic axis. As a conclusion, a related concept is introduced and delineated with respect to suppletion: pseudo-suppletion.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
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