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When Vowel Deletion Blurs Reduplication in Mojeño Trinitario

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This chapter discusses the process of verbal reduplication in the Trinitario dialect of Mojeno, an Arawak language spoken in the Bolivian lowlands. It revises the analysis of Trinitario reduplication patterns as presented in Gill (1957), in light of additional first-hand data and the recent identification of a prosodic vowel deletion rule. In the chapter, "word" refers to the prosodic unit which serves as the domain of stress, vowel deletion, and morphophonological rules. The chapter presents functions of reduplication as defined by Gill with some additional commentary. It discusses the position and status of the copy and its combination with the classifier-xi. The chapter also discusses the effect of vowel deletion on the basic pattern of reduplication and issue of reduplication of monosyllabic roots. It describes verbal reduplication in Trinitario. At the semantic level, partial reduplication of the verb conveys either an attenuative or a repetitive meaning.

Keywords: Arawak language; Mojeño Trinitario; monosyllabic roots; morphophonological rules; prosodic vowel deletion rule; verbal reduplication



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