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Reduplication and Verbal Number in Mẽbengokre

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This chapter examines data from the lexicon of Mẽbengokre, a Jê language spoken in eastern reaches of the Amazon basin, in central Brazil, and surveys the reduplicative processes found in language. It presents a brief outline of Mẽbengokre phonology. In order to have an unbiased preliminary overview of reduplicative phenomena in Mẽbengokre, the chapter begins by looking at all lexical items where a CV sequence is repeated, whether there is additional evidence for morphology or not, and even if base is not independently attested in notes. It summarizes author's thoughts about where reduplication fits into Mẽbengokre verbal morphology. Cavalcante describes the formation of verbal plurals in Kaingang. A research program is taken up by researchers working in language family: namely, to understand the interesting morphological sub-regularities found in verbal lexicon of Jê languages, and to investigate the subtleties in verbal meaning that lurk under the deceptively simple morphology of languages.

Keywords: Jê language; Kaingang; Mẽbengokre phonology; Mẽbengokre verbal morphology; reduplicative phenomena; verbal plurals



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