A Note on the Silent GO That Underlies an Instance of Apparent Suppletion in Spanish
Richard Kayne
April 2020
 

Spanish 'ir' (‘go’) has unexpected f-initial forms in the preterite and in the imperfect subjunctive. Rather than being suppletive forms of 'ir' they are forms of 'ser' (‘be’). The interpretative contribution of ‘go’ is provided by the presence of a silent GO. The syntax of silent verbs turns out to be of importance to what appear to be traditional questions of morphology.
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