Syncretism and Suppletion in Gallo‐Romance Verb Paradigms<sup>1</sup>

Marc‐Olivier Hinzelin

in Morphological Autonomy

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199589982
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191728884 | DOI:
                             Syncretism and Suppletion in Gallo‐Romance Verb Paradigms1

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Syncretism and suppletion are both non‐canonical features of inflectional morphology. The explanation of stem distribution in suppletion patterns is still an area of much debate. In Gallo‐Romance dialects, the different patterns of Romance suppletive verbs – which are morphemic and thus a sign of autonomous morphology – are often targeted by syncretism. The distribution of cells to the different stems in suppletive verbs mirrors the syncretism pattern established in regular verbs. Whatever the final outcome of this adjustment, the inherited distribution of cells forming the morphomic pattern falls to pieces but the winning syncretism pattern has established itself a new morphomic pattern.

Keywords: take‐over process; suppletion; Gallo‐Romance; canonical inflection; intermediate forms

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Subjects: Grammar, Syntax and Morphology

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