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date: 21 June 2021

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Although the study of reduplication in the literature has focused particularly on its phonological form and on the question of semantic iconicity, the place of reduplication in a morphological grammar is equally interesting. Reduplication sometimes acts as a “‘wild card” in morphology, exhibiting combinatoric (affix ordering) behaviors which are uncharacteristic of other morphological constructions. This may be due to the way in which the characteristic iconic semantics of reduplication straddles the boundary between derivation and inflection. Like inflectional morphology, reduplication tends to have wide semantic scope. Like derivational morphology, reduplication tends to alter event-internal meaning. And like derivational morphology, reduplication has a predilection for occurring in phonological proximity to the root. These conflicting factors conspire to paint a complex picture.

Keywords: reduplication, derivation, inflection, (semantic) iconicity, compounding, affix ordering, (semantic) scope

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