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

This paper examines the significance plural suppletion in Barguzin Buryat (Mongolic, Russia). This suppletion pattern is of interest because it displays what recent work on allomorphy and the internal structure of case morphology would classify as an “ABA” distribution, which is predicted to be unattested. In particular, this suppletion pattern qualifies as ABA because it occurs in NPs with accusative (or genitive) case, but not in those with an oblique case. I argue that this unexpected pattern occurs because the suppletive plural morpheme in this language is a portmanteau that expresses some of the features upon which oblique morphology also depends, with the result that these two sorts of morphology cannot co-occur. Hence this suppletive plural superficially has an ABA distribution due to what is, in essence, a paradigm gap stemming from an independent conflict within this language. Consequently, this pattern does not falsify the morphological theories that ban ABA patterns under normal circumstances, but rather reveals a principled (though exceptional) way of deriving ABA within the context of such frameworks
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keywords: case, suppletion, aba, morphology, syntax
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