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Reduplication in South America: An Introduction

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Reduplication is a phenomenon that occurs in the majority of the world's languages, which explains why Pott's (1862) seminal monograph on reduplication bears the title Doubling (reduplication, gemination) as one of the most important building means of language. The study of specific topics across South American languages, such as reduplication, may also help answer areal linguistic questions and, consequently, reinforce the value of the linguistic heritage of the continent. This chapter is a revision of the analysis of Trinitario reduplication patterns originally appearing in Gill (1957). This current analysis incorporates new data and reveals "the greater complexity in the morphology-prosody interface". It examines verbal reduplication at the semantic, morphological and phonological levels, providing new analyses for two reduplication patterns: one that involves consonant doubling and the other the deletion of the root-final vowel.

Keywords: linguistic sample; morphological level; phonological level; semantic level; South America languages; Trinitario reduplication patterns



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