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Why do so many languages have a phase like "so-so"?

Is there a common origin? No. Is there some theory to explain this? I propose one: common need. In Is “Huh?” a Universal Word? Conversational Infrastructure and the Convergent Evolution of ...
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Are rhyming words in the same phrase considered a form of reduplication?

As a general rule, any copying of a part of a morpheme is classified as a kind of reduplication, as long as the operation is not purely phonologically conditioned (total vowel harmony across ...
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Does Reduplication oppose any Gricean Maxim?

I don't understand the alternative question. But, Gricean maxims are not absolute rules about human language, they are defeasible assumptions about human social behavior which aid a person in getting ...
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Relics of reduplication in modern Germanic languages

The last surviving reduplicating verb in modern German is tun, past tense tat, past participle getan. It is cognate to English do, did, done which also shows traces of reduplication (but this is no ...
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