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Reduplication across boundaries: The case of Mandarin

Chiara Melloni; Bianca Basciano

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  "publisher": "Language Science Press", 
  "DOI": "10.5281/zenodo.1407013", 
  "ISBN": "978-3-96110-110-8", 
  "container_title": "The lexeme in descriptive and theoretical morphology", 
  "language": "eng", 
  "title": "Reduplication across boundaries: The case of Mandarin", 
  "issued": {
    "date-parts": [
  "abstract": "<p>In this chapter, we shed new light on the reduplicative processes of Mandarin Chinese and<br>\nassess the structural and interpretive properties of the input/base and output of these word<br>\nformation phenomena. In particular, we focus on the categorial status of the base and ad-<br>\ndress the issue of whether reduplication applies to category-free roots or full-fledged lex-<br>\nemes. Empirically, the privileged domain of research is increasing reduplication of disyllabic<br>\nbases, or, as we dub it in the chapter, the AABB pattern, which is compared with diminishing<br>\nreduplication, expressed by the template ABAB. The comparison between the two phenom-<br>\nena allows us to show that increasing and diminishing reduplication differ in the nature of<br>\nthe input units involved. On the grounds of a wide-ranging class of data, we argue that Man-<br>\ndarin reduplication takes base units of different &lsquo;size&rsquo;: word/lexeme-like units provided with<br>\ncategory, namely verbs in the case of diminishing reduplication, and categoryless roots in<br>\nthe case of increasing reduplication. Throughout the chapter, we explore some category neu-<br>\ntral properties of increasing reduplication and propose a unitary semantic operation capable<br>\nto derive the various interpretive nuances of this phenomenon across lexical categories.</p>", 
  "author": [
      "family": "Chiara Melloni"
      "family": "Bianca Basciano"
  "page": "325\u2013363", 
  "publisher_place": "Berlin", 
  "type": "chapter", 
  "id": "1407013"
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