[Lingtyp] [etnolinguistica] Reduplication for negation marking

Hein van der Voort hvoort at xs4all.nl
Sat Mar 12 17:36:05 UTC 2022

Dear Jorge,

I don't know whether this is useful for your purpose. As Katharina Haude (2014) shows, in Movima reduplication is not a very productive means to express emphasis. However, emphatic negation may involve reduplication (as in NEG know~RED-etc. 'know absolutely nothing'). Note that this does not imply that reduplication itself expresses negation there; it just seems more productive for emphasis when under negation.

Haude, Katharina. 2014. Reduplication in Movima: A prosodic morphology approach. In: Reduplication in indigenous languages of South America, ed. by Gale Goodwin Gomez & Hein van der Voort. Leiden: Brill, p. 343-373.

Best regards,
Hein van der Voort

> Op 12-03-2022 13:00 schreef Jorge Rosés Labrada <jrosesla at ualberta.ca>:
> 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!
> Best,
> Jorge
> References:
> 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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