The Surrey Suppletion database
Corbett, GG, Brown, D, Chumakina, M and Hippisley, A (2004) The Surrey Suppletion database [Dataset]
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Official URL: http://www.smg.surrey.ac.uk/Suppletion/index.aspx
Suppletion is a morphological phenomenon where different inflectional forms are not related phonologically. Mel'čuk defines it in the following way:
"For the signs X and Y to be suppletive their semantic correlation should be maximally regular, while their formal correlation is maximally irregular." (Mel'čuk 1994: 358)
Russian čelovek (человек) 'person', which has the plural ljudi (люди), is a typical instance of suppletion. Suppletion is found in many inflecting languages, and "increasingly ... is coming to be seen as a clue to the way in which the inflected forms of a word are related to each other paradigmatically ... and are stored in the memory" (Carstairs-McCarthy 1994: 4410). We have examined a range of genetically diverse languages, created a database, and used it to construct a typologically informed theory of suppletion.
|Divisions:||Faculty of Arts and Human Sciences > English and Languages > English > Surrey Morphology Group|
|Deposited By:||Mr Adam Field|
|Deposited On:||27 May 2010 15:40|
|Last Modified:||22 May 2013 14:33|
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