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Re: THEORY: irregular conlangs

From:Matt Pearson <jmpearson@...>
Date:Friday, October 1, 1999, 15:33
John Cowan wrote:

>Suppletion is often the result of sound-change making two >forms collapse together so that a suppletive form is needed, >though I don't know the specifics with "go, went" ("wend", >the suppleting verb, has grown a new preterite "wended"). >Scots preserves (or borrows from Norse?) the preterite "gang".
Could be either. The preterite of "go" was "gang" in both Old English and Old Norse, I believe. Matt.