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Breaking paradigms: A typological study of nominal and adjectival suppletion
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Linguistics, General Linguistics.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5167-1424
2010 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Suppletion is a term used to describe the occurrence of unpredictable and irregular patterns. Although typological research has been devoted to verb suppletion, not as much attention has been given to suppletion in nominal and adjectival paradigms. The thesis presents the cross-linguistic distribution of nominal and adjectival suppletion. The lexical distribution as well as the features involved are presented. The results of nominal suppletion show that nouns referring to humans are most often suppletive, that number is the most common grammatical feature involved in nominal suppletion and that „child‟ is by far the most common noun to be suppletive cross-linguistically. The results on adjectival suppletion show that adjectival suppletion is well spread though not very common cross-linguistically. A study of 8 Semitic languages shows that „woman‟ versus „women‟ are stable suppletive forms in this language family.

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2010. , 82 p.
Keyword [en]
Nominal suppletion, adjectival suppletion, morphology, typology, the Semitic language family, relevance hierarchy, semantic, inflection, derivation, word-formation, frequency, economy
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-43461OAI: diva2:373138
2010-09-30, C 307, Södra huset, Frescati, Stockholms universitet, Stockholm, 14:09 (Swedish)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2010-11-30 Created: 2010-10-14 Last updated: 2014-05-26Bibliographically approved

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