Re: THEORY: Uses of reduplication
|Date:||Monday, March 3, 2008, 1:58|
In a message dated 3/2/2008 19:08:36 PM Central Standard Time,
> Entire doctoral dissertations have been written on redup. in Indonesian !!
> Engl. has some like this-- mish-mash, hoity-toity, but I can't think of any
> that match the other categories.
One productive area of reduplication in English is phrases where the first
word is copied, but the first consonants are changed to /shm/: "theory -
shmeory". It's a way of sneering at the first word.