[Lingtyp] Reduplication for negation marking

Jorge Rosés Labrada jrosesla at ualberta.ca
Sat Mar 12 16:00:49 UTC 2022

Estimad at s, prezad at s, dear everyone,

Is any of you familiar with a language where negation (of main clauses but
I'll take any type of negation) is marked via reduplication? Dahl (1979:81)
says this is a "marginal" type of negation marking and mentions only one
language (Tabasaran, Nakh-Daghestanian) where a subset of verbs
(trisyllabic and with a preverb) mark negation via reduplication—in this
case, reportedly of the second syllable—and Inkelas (2012: 357) says that
reduplication in one "of the functions that seem rarely, if ever, to be
reduplicative in form."

Any suggestions would be much appreciated!


Dahl, Östen. 1979. “Typology of Sentence Negation.” *Linguistics* 17 (1–2):
79–106. https://doi.org/10.1515/ling.1979.17.1-2.79.
Inkelas, Sharon. 2012. “Reduplication.” In *The Morphology and Phonology of
Exponence*, edited by Jochen Trommer, 355–79. Oxford: Oxford University
Press. https://doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199573721.003.0011.
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