[Tibeto-burman-linguistics] Reduplicated interrogative pronouns

Zakaria Rehman rehman.zakaria at gmail.com
Tue Jul 25 16:39:23 UTC 2023

Dear list members,

I would really appreciate if you could help me with the following issue.

There are examples of lexical reduplications of interrogative pronouns
(functions as relative pronouns) in replicated relative-correlative clauses
in Hyow, a Southeastern Kuki-Chin language spoken in the Chittagong Hill
Tracts of Bangladesh. The reduplicated interrogative pronouns usually
express what Montaut (2009: 25) calls “each element with no exception”. I
wonder if there are any other languages you know of or study which show
reduplications of interrogative pronouns in any context. One of the
reviewers of the journal article where I presented the relevant data
mentioned about *joo* in Galo (Post 2007). In a personal correspondence,
VanBik mentioned about reduplication of interrogative pronouns in Burmese.
I was wondering if it has anything to do with contacts with IA languages?
Any reference or example would be really appreciated.

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