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ERIC Number: ED461274
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 7
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Rule-Governed Allomorphy Can Be Suppletive Also.
Tuggy, David
Suppletion is allomorphy that is produced by retrieving from the lexicon different phonological forms of the morpheme in question. A suppletive allomorph's use may be conditioned by grammatical or phonological context, or a combination. Its use therefore has dual motivation: the fact that it is governed by grammatical rule, and that its use in certain contexts is learned. This accounts for the otherwise inexplicable persistence of rule- governed allomorphy when the conditioning environment is destroyed through diachronic change, producing apparent positive exceptions to the rule. Examples include forms of the English verb "be" and forms of the Nahuatl third person singular object prefix, in which alternate forms are extremely common and occur in a very restricted set of morphophonological contexts. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Language: English
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