The development of "junk" : irregularization strategies of HAVE and SAY in the Germanic languages

  • Although it is a wellknown fact that the most frequent verbs are the most irregular ones (if not suppletive), it is rarely asked how they became irregular. This article deals with the irregularization process of two originally regular (weak) verbs, HAVE and SAY in the Germanic languages, e.g. have, but has/'s and had/'d (instead of regular *haves/*haved) or say [sei], but says [sez] and said [sed] in English. Other verbs, such as DO, GO, STAND, BE, COME, and so on, also tend to irregularizations again and again without any apparent reason. In contrast to HAVE and SAY these verbs have always been rather irregular, at least dating from their first written records.

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Author:Damaris NüblingGND
Parent Title (English):Yearbook of morphology : YOMO
Publisher:Kluwer Academic Publ.
Place of publication:Boston, Mass. [u.a]
Document Type:Article
Date of Publication (online):2010/08/24
Year of first Publication:2001
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/08/24
GND Keyword:Morphologie; Sprachwandel
Page Number:22
First Page:53
Last Page:74
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Sammlungen:Germanistik / GiNDok
BDSL-Klassifikation:02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft (in Auswahl) / BDSL-Klassifikation: 02.00.00 Deutsche Sprachwissenschaft > 02.05.00 Grammatik
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht