The development and typology of number suppletion in adjectives

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dc.contributor University of Helsinki, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies en Nurmio, Silva Mikaela 2020-01-08T13:19:01Z 2020-01-08T13:19:01Z 2017-07-14
dc.identifier.citation Nurmio , S M 2017 , ' The development and typology of number suppletion in adjectives ' , Diachronica , vol. 34 , no. 2 , pp. 127-174 . en
dc.identifier.issn 0176-4225
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dc.description.abstract This paper looks at the cross-linguistically rare phenomenon of suppletion in number in adjectives. I consider how such suppletion arises by looking at six known examples with a special focus on the Brittonic languages (Breton, Cornish and Welsh) which are discussed as an extended case study. Three generalisations are suggested on the basis of the typological study. First, adjectives denoting size (“small” and “big”) are at the centre of this phenomenon. Second, where the etymology of the adjectives is known, the plural member of the suppletive pair for “small” develops from a lexeme denoting something having been divided into or consisting of small parts. These lexemes can also be used with some singular nouns and in such cases their reference is to the component structure of the referent. Finally, adjectives with number suppletion tend to mark plural number consistently in environments in which plural marking is otherwise optional or rare. fi
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dc.language.iso eng
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dc.subject 6121 Languages en
dc.title The development and typology of number suppletion in adjectives en
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