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Re: THEORY: irregular conlangs

From:Thomas R. Wier <artabanos@...>
Date:Friday, October 1, 1999, 19:14
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").
What about the modern suppletion for the present tense of "have", "to have got"? There's no real soundchange involved here -- it's just gained so much currency that it's beginning (in many dialects, anyway) to replace the present tense form (though of course the other forms remain as they are).
> Scots preserves (or borrows from Norse?) the preterite "gang".
I suspect it's "preserves". German still has "ging" as the simple past form of "gehen" (cognate with Old English "g=E2n", IIRC). =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D Tom Wier <artabanos@...> ICQ#: 4315704 AIM: Deuterotom Website: <> "Cogito ergo sum, sed credo ergo ero." Denn wo Begriffe fehlen, Da stellt ein Wort zur rechten Zeit sich ein. -- Mephistopheles, in Goethe's _Faust_ =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D= =3D=3D=3D=3D=3D=3D