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LINGUIST List 25.2390

Mon Jun 02 2014

Qs: Reduplication in a variety of Hindi

Editor for this issue: Alex Isotalo <alxlinguistlist.org>

Date: 02-Jun-2014
From: Pankaj Dwivedi <pankajdiitrpr.ac.in>
Subject: Reduplication in a variety of Hindi
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Dear All,

Thanks a lot for your time!

I am looking into reduplication process in a variety of Hindi and framework of study is Optimality Theory. One set of the reduplicants works in following way :

kəpəɽɑ ‘cloth’ : kəpəɽɑ-əpəɽɑ ‘clothes etc.’
hãθi ‘elephant’ : hãθi- ãθi ‘elephant etc.’
koʈʰi ‘barn’ : koʈʰi-oʈʰi ‘barn etc.’

That is to say , first consonant of the reduplicant is always dropped. I wanted to ask if there are some phonological motivations for it and what type of OT constraint should be able to explain it? Please refer me some relevant article/paper if you know any. Thanks for your help!

Pankaj Dwivedi
PhD student (Linguistics)
Indian Institute of Technology Ropar.

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics

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