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.