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Re: THEORY: Uses of reduplication

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Sunday, March 2, 2008, 12:56
>"David J. Peterson" <dedalvs@...> wrote:
>The only example I can think of that comes close comes from >Turkish:
>kitap = book >kitap mitap = books and related materials
>It's like, "Hand me that book and the other stuff related to the >book" (loose papers, maybe a pamphlet, pencils, pens, etc.). Book >stuff, essentially. There's a bit of a write-up on Wikipedia, and >probably more elsewhere.
The Wikipedia entry on reduplication is quite extensive! It does not mention, however, it's use in Spanish as an intensive/continuative, perhaps because it is colloquial or regional. The Mexicans hereabouts use it frequently. It often has a negative feeling about it. Ella llora, llora, llora. She kept on crying and wouldn't stop. Charlie