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Ablaut Reduplication in Random Free Vocalization

As I’m sure many of you are aware, English (as well as other languages) has a phonological rule called Ablaut Reduplication – why we say things like ping-pong, chit-chat, tick-tock, tic-tac-toe, etc., ...
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Are rhyming words in the same phrase considered a form of reduplication?

Reduplication is rare in English AFAIK. However, we do have phrasal terms that consist of rhyming words: hanky-panky, hokey-pokey, hotsy-totsy, hoity-toity, itty-bitty, teenie-weenie, and itsy-bitsy ...
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Balinese independent numerals partial reduplication

The Balinese numbers in dependent and independent forms are given as linked. I just need to verify the assumptions that I made about the (possibly reduplicated) derived, independent form. 1) if the ...
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Does Reduplication oppose any Gricean Maxim?

Reduplication (a natural language feature) which changes meaning, pluralize, emphasize etc. is basically doubling of the word, partially doubling it or doubling it with phonetic constraints. Grice's ...
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Why do so many languages have a phase like "so-so"?

Many languages seem to have some sort of repeating and/or singsong equivalent of the phrase so-so: Arabic: نصف نصف (nisf nisf) Chinese: 馬馬虎虎 (mǎma hūhu) Greek: έτσι κι έτσι Hebrew: ככה ...
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Relics of reduplication in modern Germanic languages

I'm wondering whether some german verbs, like, for example: bibbern plappern lallen ... and as well some similar english verbs of which now only "to giggle" comes to my mind, are indeed relics of (...
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Are certain phonological processes more likely to be surface true?

This question occurred to me when studying Optimality Theory phonology. For reduplication in OT, the base of the stem (/reduplicated part) is taken to be the input for the reduplicated morph. However, ...
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Iterated reduplication?

Some friends and I were discussing whether you could reduplicate an already reduplicated string. I came up with this rather contrived example in English to show what I'm talking about: Person A: So, ...
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