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Reduplication in languages: A case study of languages of China

Abstract : Reduplication is widely attested in human languages, especially in the southern hemisphere. This distribution, often complementary with plural markings, is also found in languages spoken in China, which show a correlation between plural marking and reduplication/classifiers: if reduplication and clas-sifiers are found extensively, then plural marking is not developed, and is sensitive to the semantic feature [+human]. The more plural marking is developed, such as in Altaic languages, the less this semantic feature is required. The more a language possesses a developed plural-marking morphology, the less it needs reduplication and classifiers. Subjectivity plays a key role in reduplicated adjectives. Reduplication is iconically motivated. Positive degree constitutes its core meaning. Reduplication with negative meaning characterizes the grammaticali-zation process from icon to symbol.
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Dan Xu. Reduplication in languages: A case study of languages of China . Dan Xu. Plurality and Classifiers across languages in China, 2012. ⟨hal-01386244⟩

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