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Query Subject:   Reduplication in a variety of Hindi
Author:   Pankaj Dwivedi
Submitter Email:  click here to access email

Linguistic LingField(s):  General Linguistics

Query:   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.
LL Issue: 25.2390
Date posted: 02-Jun-2014


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