Consonant identity and consonant copy: The segmental and prosodic structure of Hebrew reduplication

Outi Bat-El*

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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, C 1VC2C3VC3C, C1VC 2C1CVC2C, and C1C2VC 3C2CVC3C). 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)179-210
Number of pages32
JournalLinguistic Inquiry
Volume37
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2006

Keywords

  • Hebrew
  • Morphological parsing
  • Optimality Theory
  • Prosodic structure
  • Reduplication
  • Segmental identity

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