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Reduplication (was :Dublex (was: Washing-machine words (was: Futurese, Chinese,)

From:Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 22, 2002, 7:27

> >I've been wondering what I should do with reduplication. > I've been afraid > >that it sounds to speakers of Western European languages > rather childish > >and pidgin-like. > > What's wrong with being child-like and pidgin-like 0_o? > eh? If it > works and has a certain attractive "fun element", > reduplication may prove to > be a very user-friendly mnemonic aid.
Indeed. Not to mention that it is not entirely un-European - Old English alone had a whole VII class of reduplicating verbs. Pavel -- Pavel Iosad 'I am a philologist, and thus a misunderstood man' --JRR Tolkien, _The Notion Club Papers_