noun[mass noun] Linguistics
The occurrence of an unrelated form to fill a gap in a conjugation (e.g. went as the past tense of go).
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- Lexical words are generally fitted into the flow of language through such mechanisms as affixation, suppletion, stress shift, and vowel change, all of which have morphological and other effects.
- We list the instances of suppletion and give examples of regular inflected items when they are available.
- These patterns of suppletion can be correlated with particular geographical areas, language families, and specific lexemic groups.
Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin suppletio(n-), from supplere 'fill up, make full' (see supply1).
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- Most adverbs allow only periphrastic comparison (happily/more happily/most happily), but a few are suppletive: badly/worse/worst; well/better/best.
- In the following the regular as well as the suppletive forms of aorist and future are listed.
- If you wish to test the effects of lemmatization, then replace all inflectional and suppletive variants with their root forms: ‘walk, be,’ etc.
Definition of suppletion in:
- The US English dictionary