This paper argues for a non-templatic infixation analysis of plural reduplication in the Uto-Aztecan language Tohono O'odham using the framework of Harmonic Serialism. Empirically, it provides a unified account of a number of seemingly distinct reduplicative patterns in the language, including C-infixation, CV-infixation, cluster simplification in the reduplicant, and double reduplication in loanwords with exceptional stress patterns. Theoretically, it develops a dynamic, process-oriented treatment of reduplication in which an operation of GEN serves as the plural exponent and the form and position of copied material is determined by the interaction of general, independently-motivated constraints.
Proceedings of the 34th West Coast Conference on Formal Linguistics
edited by Aaron Kaplan, Abby Kaplan, Miranda K. McCarvel, and Edward J. Rubin
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