Case-driven plural suppletion in Barguzin Buryat: *ABA versus case containment
Colin Davis
March 2019

This paper examines a pattern from Barguzin Buryat (Mongolic) resembling ABA suppletion. Bobaljik (2012), Moskal (2018), Smith et al. (2018) a.o. argue that for syntactic domains involving a markedness hierarchy, any suppletion rule triggered by a lower element on the hierarchy will also be triggered by elements higher on that hierarchy. The label “ABA” describes a situation, which such works argue to be essentially unattested, where an instance of suppletion expected to occur in the more marked context fails. Various works hypothesize a markedness hierarchy for case features. Smith et al argue that a version of this hierarchy predicts the cross-linguistic distribution of case-driven suppletion, which they claim lacks ABA patterns. I show that in Barguzin Buryat, there is a plural suppletion process possible in accusative (and genitive) forms, but impossible in oblique forms. For the theories under discussion, this is an ABA pattern. I argue that this ABA pattern can be attributed to an independent conflict between this suppletive plural and oblique marking, such that the universality of the case hierarchy can be maintained.
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keywords: case, suppletion, aba, morphology, syntax
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