This paper presents a short cross-linguistic survey of non-locally triggered suppletion. The survey is based on the suppletion data from 34 languages, which are made available by the Surrey Suppletion Database (Brown et al. 2003). The key goal of this paper is to motivate a general theory of allomorphy based on the generalizations offered by these data. Two generalizations are uncovered: the first states that non-local allomorphy always implies local allomorphy, and the second that the distance between the trigger and target in non-local patterns is very conservative. The beginnings of a model of allomorphy which derive these generalizations are outlined.
Proceedings of the 35th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
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