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LINGUIST List 21.3112

Thu Jul 29 2010

Diss: Morphology/Phonology/Syntax: Kirchner: 'Minimal Reduplication'

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Message 1: Minimal Reduplication
Date: 28-Jul-2010
From: Jesse Saba Kirchner <kirchnerucsc.edu>
Subject: Minimal Reduplication
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Institution: University of California, Santa Cruz
Program: Department of Linguistics
Dissertation Status: Completed
Degree Date: 2010

Author: Jesse Saba Kirchner

Dissertation Title: Minimal Reduplication

Dissertation URL: http://roa.rutgers.edu/view.php3?id=1558

Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
                            Phonology
                            Syntax

Dissertation Director:
Armin Mester
Jaye Padgett
Junko Ito

Dissertation Abstract:

This dissertation introduces Minimal Reduplication, a new theory and
framework within generative grammar for analyzing reduplication in human
language. I argue that reduplication is an emergent property in multiple
components of the grammar. In particular, reduplication occurs
independently in the phonology and syntax components, and in both cases it
occurs due to the ordinary workings and independently-motivated properties
of those components. Therefore, no special theoretical machinery is
necessary in order to analyze reduplication.

Phonological and syntactic reduplication both have distinct properties,
which I lay out and explore in some depth. In cases of phonological
reduplication (which includes morphological reduplication), reduplication
occurs as a phonological repair process. These reduplication constructions
are minimal in phonological size, they exhibit TETU, and they interact
normally with morphophonology. No RED morpheme or constituents like 'base'
and 'reduplicant' are needed to analyze them successfully.

Syntactic reduplication occurs when a syntactic constituent is copied and
merged with another morpheme, creating a complex constituent with two
daughters below X0. These cases are not limited in phonological size and do
not exhibit TETU. They are restricted in their interaction with
morphophonology. In addition, due to the nature of the merged constituent,
these constructions sometimes exhibit phonological behavior which appears
to be non-optimizing.

Case studies are presented with data from Kwak'wala, Tamil and Samala, with
supporting evidence from many other languages.



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