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Re: THEORY: Uses of reduplication

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Monday, March 3, 2008, 4:13
On Mar 2, 2008, at 9:43 PM, caeruleancentaur wrote:

>> Douglas Koller <laokou@...> wrote: > >> "She cried and cried (and cried)." > > I would consider that nothing more than a compound predicate. Now if > the sentence were "She cried, cried, cried," that's a different > matter. > > "Shm-reduplication" has its own Wikipedia entry. > > Charlie
I think it could still be construed as reduplication; reduplication does not necessarily involve exact duplication of the base and *nothing more*. But yeah, I think in my original post I lost sight of examples like "cried and cried". In that case, the two instances of "cried" are linked by an element of grammar which also functions in cases where the two things connected are *not* reduplicant and base. (On the other hand, once you've said "She cried", adding "and cried" doesn't really seem to add anything new semantically, the way adding "and got a tissue" or something like that; it's just restating something we've just stated.)


Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>