Descriptive vs. expressive reduplication in Kimaragang and beyond
Dr. Paul Kroeger, Dallas International
Thursday, April 28, 12:20-1:15, “Brown Bag Lunch” Mahler 7
This talk describes “expressive” (or “affective”) uses of reduplication in Kimaragang (a Philippine-type language of northern Borneo); that is, the use of reduplication to express the speaker’s feelings or attitudes rather than to contribute to the factual content of the sentence. I suggest that similar uses may actually be fairly common in other languages, even though relatively few examples have been reported.