Author: Ljuba N. Veselinova, Stockholm University
Hardback: ISBN: 9027229791 Pages: 236 Price: U.S. $ 138.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9027229791 Pages: 236 Price: Europe EURO 115.00
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.
Table of contents
Acknowldegments ix-x Abbreviations and presentation conventions xi-xiii Introduction xv-xvii Chapter 1: Previous studies on suppletion 1-31 Chapter 2: Method 33-49 Chapter 3: Some theoretical issues and a general overview of the data 51- 61 Chapter 4: Tense-aspect suppletion I: Synchronic perspective 63-95 Chapter 5: Tense-aspect suppletion II: Diachronic and usage-based perspective 97-134 Chapter 6: Suppletive Imperatives 135-147 Chapter 7: Verbal number and suppletion 149-173 Concluding remarks 175-178 Appendices 179-214 References 215-229 Index of languages 231-232 Index of authors 233-234 Index of subjects 235