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Morphological AutonomyPerspectives From Romance Inflectional Morphology$
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Martin Maiden, John Charles Smith, Maria Goldbach, and Marc-Olivier Hinzelin

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199589982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199589982.001.0001

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Syncretism and Suppletion in Gallo‐Romance Verb Paradigms 1

Syncretism and Suppletion in Gallo‐Romance Verb Paradigms 1

(p.287) 13 Syncretism and Suppletion in Gallo‐Romance Verb Paradigms1
Morphological Autonomy

Marc‐Olivier Hinzelin

Oxford University Press

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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