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Is Reduplication an Areal Feature of the Guaporé-Mamoré Region?

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This chapter provides both a survey of productive reduplication in the Guaporé-Mamoré Region and an examination of the question whether reduplication could represent an areal feature. The reduplication is regarded as a productive morphosyntactic process that produces forms through non-recursive repetition of (parts of) an original form, with a different but systematically related meaning. The chapter investigates the possibility of areal diffusion of reduplication in the Guaporé-Mamoré linguistic area, looking at examples from a number of genetically unrelated languages. It contains a table that summarizes the properties of reduplication in the languages discussed here. Possibly because of its predominantly iconic nature, reduplication is almost a universal phenomenon. Reduplication as a means to modify valency seems to be productive in three languages spoken in an area roughly following along the Mamoré river in the Bolivian Lowlands.

Keywords: Bolivian lowlands; Guaporé-Mamoré region; linguistic area; productive morphosyntactic process; productive reduplication; Tupari language



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