CV reduplication in isbukun bunun variable red placements

Hui Shan Lin*

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This paper presents a novel generalization of the reduplicant (henceforth red) placement in CV reduplication in Isbukun Bunun. It is shown that the variable red placements cannot be explained in terms of the presence of a PF marker or merely by the syllable number of the root, as assumed in previous studies. Rather, the variable red placements are argued to be simultaneously governed by the size and the syllable well-formedness of the root. The red is normally prefixed to the root; however, if onsetless red is generated under normal copying, the placement of the red shifts one syllable rightward, except for shorter (bimoraic) roots. Thus, the variable placements of the red are driven by a universal tendency for the red to be unmarked and the need for the P-Root to sustain a minimal size.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)231-265
Number of pages35
JournalLanguage and Linguistics
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2018


  • CV reduplication
  • Isbukun Bunun
  • Optimality Theory
  • Red placement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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