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Re: Suppletory forms

From:Irina Rempt <ira@...>
Date:Thursday, February 18, 1999, 7:54
On Wed, 17 Feb 1999, Steg Belsky wrote:

Lars Mathiesen wrote:

> >Actually, both German and Scandinavian have suppletive forms here as > >well. The preterites are from a strong verb "gangan" with an extended > >stem (the infinitive/present infix -n-), which existed as a separate > >verb as well. (In Danish it is obsolete, but known). I don't know > >about Dutch and Frisian, though.
> Well, in Yiddish the past form of _gein_, "to go", is _zain gegangen_. > Hmm...does German (and/or other Germanic languages) use a "have"/"be" + > past participle?
Dutch does: gaan, ging, ben gegaan. In medieval Dutch it was "gegangen"; I don't know whether the forms with -aa- are indicative of a defective verb, or just contractions. Irina