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Linguistic Inquiry

Spring 2006, Vol. 37, No. 2, Pages 179-210
(doi: 10.1162/ling.2006.37.2.179)
© 2006 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Consonant Identity and Consonant Copy: The Segmental and Prosodic Structure of Hebrew Reduplication
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Abstract

The article addresses two issues regarding Hebrew reduplication: (a) the distinction between reduplicated and nonreduplicated stems with identical consonants (e.g., minen ‘to apportion’ vs. mimen ‘to finance’), and (b) the patterns of reduplication (C1VC2VC2C, C1VC2C3VC3C,C1VC2C1CVC2C, and C1C2VC3C2CVC3C). These issues are studied from a surface point of view, accounting for speakers’ capacity to parse forms with identical consonants regardless of their base. It is argued that the grammar constructed by the learner on the basis of structural relations (base – output) can also serve for parsing surface forms without reference to a base.