A'ingae reduplication is phonologically optimizing

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3765/amp.v10i0.5450

Keywords:

A’ingae, Cofán, reduplication, phonological optimization, cophonology, Distributed Morphology, Amazon, Andes, fieldwork, isolate, greater plurality, abundance, pluractional, Optimality Theory, input-reduplicant correspondence

Abstract

In this paper, I describe and analyze reduplication in A’ingae (ISO 639-3: con), an understudied and endangered Amazonian isolate. The reduplicant is a suffix -ʔσ, where ʔ is a fixed segment and σ is a syllable copied from the right edge of the word. Only disyllabic roots can be reduplicated, and the disyllabic root is parsed as a trochaic foot in the surface form. If the second syllable of the root is a diphthong, it undergoes monophthongization in the base. I model these properties with a reduplicant-specific cophonology (e.g. Orgun, 1996), which consists of a ranking of constraints motivated elsewhere in the language’s grammar. Thus, I demonstrate that A’ingae reduplication is phonologically optimizing. All the data were collected by the author.

Author Biography

  • Maksymilian Michał Dąbkowski, University of California, Berkeley
    Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Linguistics

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2023-05-13

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