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The Syllable As Delimitation Of The Base For Reduplication

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This chapter demonstrates that access to the prosodic category of the syllable is crucial for certain morphological processes in some languages. Specifically, it shows that the syllable can serve as delimitation on the base for copying in reduplication. This, coupled with other morphologically based evidence, indicates that the syllable must be a legitimate constituent in phonology, and one that must be accessible by the morphology. The chapter discusses the notion of delimiting a subset of a given stem as the base for reduplication, and it also discusses such base-delimitation in the context of the typologically unusual pattern of 'syllable copy' reduplication. The chapter presents definitive example of the syllable serving as the base for reduplication. It outlines the aforementioned opacity in base-assignment from Hiaki. The chapter reviews the concept of base delimitation in theoretical approaches that do not utilize 'phonological copying'.

Keywords: morphology; phonology; reduplication; syllable



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