Reduced Reduplication in Doku: Geminate Consonants and Stressed Vowel Syncope in Southeast Solomonic

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Unger, Paul, Brenda H. Boerger and Paul Unger, editors
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Doku [lgr] speakers produce what they describe as “heavy” sounds. A study of reduplication in the language reveals that these are the result of vowel syncope in CV~ reduplicants. While reduced reduplication of this type is not uncommon in Oceanic languages, Doku is the only language in the Southeast Solomonic sub-group that shows evidence of the phenomenon. As interesting as this is, perhaps more interesting is the fact that reduced reduplication creates a favourable environment for stressed vowel syncope in Doku. Interaction with papers by Blevins (2005, 2008, 2009) and Blust (2007) on the subject does not lead to a satisfying solution to this “unnatural and extremely rare” (Blevins 2008:16) behaviour. As such, the case of Doku stressed vowel syncope in environments of reduced reduplication deserves consideration in any further study of the matter.

The Conference On Oceanic Linguistics (COOL) is a one week conference held every two to three years. Only one session runs at a time, so people can attend all the presentations. Participants look forward to these times of focused interaction and renewed friendships. July 10–15, 2017, the 10th Conference On Oceanic Linguistics (COOL10), Honiara, Solomon Islands, was co-sponsored by the Solomon Islands National Museum, led by Tony Heorake, Museum Director, and the Solomon Islands Translation Advisory Group (SITAG), led by Karen Ashley, as Conference Coordinator. COOL10 papers are published as a mini-series in SIL LCDD, issue numbers 41–50, as Proceedings of the conference. The co-editors of these issues also have connections to SITAG: Brenda Boerger, as a former member, and Paul Unger, as a current member.

18 pages
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1 Introduction -- 2 Doku reduplication -- 3 Reduced reduplication -- 4 Stressed vowel syncope -- 5 Conclusion
vowel syncope
geminate consonants
Solomon Islands
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SIL Language and Culture Documentation and Description 43