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Reduplication in Yurakaré


Van Gijn, Rik (2014). Reduplication in Yurakaré. In: Danielsen, Swintha; Hannss, Katja; Zúñiga, F. Word formation in South American languages. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: John Benjamins, 143-161.

Abstract

Yurakaré, an isolate language spoken in central Bolivia, makes extensive use of reduplication to form words. Three different types of morphological reduplication can be distinguished on formal grounds: complete root reduplication, partial prefixed reduplication, and partial suffixed reduplication, each associated with different functions. I describe each of the three types, and discuss their formal and functional characteristics. I furthermore connect the three reduplication types to the Iconicity Principle, showing that each reduplication type represents a different way of applying the Iconicity Principle that more form represents more meaning, thus maximally exploiting the iconic connection between form and meaning and on the other hand maintaining interpretative transparency. Keywords: Yurakaré; reduplication; verbal morphology; Iconicity principle.

Yurakaré, an isolate language spoken in central Bolivia, makes extensive use of reduplication to form words. Three different types of morphological reduplication can be distinguished on formal grounds: complete root reduplication, partial prefixed reduplication, and partial suffixed reduplication, each associated with different functions. I describe each of the three types, and discuss their formal and functional characteristics. I furthermore connect the three reduplication types to the Iconicity Principle, showing that each reduplication type represents a different way of applying the Iconicity Principle that more form represents more meaning, thus maximally exploiting the iconic connection between form and meaning and on the other hand maintaining interpretative transparency. Keywords: Yurakaré; reduplication; verbal morphology; Iconicity principle.

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Item Type:Book Section, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Department of Comparative Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:490 Other languages
890 Other literatures
410 Linguistics
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:20 Nov 2014 12:20
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:32
Publisher:John Benjamins
ISBN:9789027259288
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-101051

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