This paper examines data on the interaction of reduplication and consonant mutation in three Northern Atlantic (Niger-Congo) languages, Wolof, Pulaar, and Seereer-Siin. So-called backcopying anomalies in reduplicative constructions involving mutation in these three languages do not support McCarthy and Prince's (1995) position that there exists a formal relationship of correspondence between base and reduplicant. Instead, these data call into question the theoretical status of the base, and support a model of reduplication as stem juxtaposition or doubling (Hyman, Inkelas and Sibanda 1999, Inkelas and Zoll 2000, 2005).
Selected Proceedings of the 35th Annual Conference on African Linguistics: African Languages and Linguistics in Broad Perspectives
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