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Toward a Typology of Compensatory Reduplication
Alan C. L. Yu
397-405 (complete paper or proceedings contents)


Recent work shows that purely phonologically-driven reduplication is possible; that is, reduplication may take place with no obvious semantic import or serve only a secondary role in a morphological construction. This type of reduplication is referred to as Compensatory Reduplication (CR) to emphasize that phonological duplication is invoked only to compensate for potential inadequacies of the output. Beginning with a survey of the typology of CR, particularly the range of phonological motivations for CR, it is demonstrated that CR is not necessarily phonologically local (at least not without additional qualifications), and that it may involve more than a single segment. In light of these conclusions, a general framework of handling CR is introduced and additional aspects of CR in need of explanation are considered.

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Proceedings of the 24th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by John Alderete, Chung-hye Han, and Alexei Kochetov
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