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What causes suppletion?

Suppletion is the result of a merger of two or more different words. Originally, there are multiple words with a distinct meaning. However, over time, the meanings converge. At some point, this leads ...
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Why are the plural and singular first person forms of the verb "go" so different in the Romance languages?

According to Wiktionary (a source I should perhaps have checked before asking), the all- forms ultimately derive from Vulgar Latin alare (attested in the 7th century Reichenau Glosses). This has ...
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Language for which there is no suppletion for : first-one, premier-un. And the Hebrew case

According to Barbiers (2007: 'Indefinite numerals one and many and the cause of ordinal suppletion', Lingua 117), suppletion between the cardinal and ordinal numerals of 1 is frequent, and he gives an ...
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Suppletion of Spanish "matar" (to kill) by "morir" (to die) in the passive

The paper Fue muerto: Suppletion in Spanish Analytic Passives (p.96-112) analyses this very question. The authors come to the conclusion that it is indeed suppletion: We claim that there are three ...
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What's the difference between suppletion and irregular inflection?

You could have suppletion and a degree of regular inflection. For example, in French, the verb ALLER ('go') has suppletive stems but its inflectional marks are regular: PRS.1PL : Nous all-ons <=> ...
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