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hyperboreanhapocanthosaurus:

So you know what I don’t get? Why people repeat words. (x)

Grammar time: it’s called “contrastive reduplication,” and it’s a form of intensification that is relatively common. Finnish does a very similar thing, and others use near-reduplication (rhyme-based) to intensify, like Hungarian (pici ‘tiny’, ici-pici ‘very tiny’).

Even the typologically-distant group of Bantu languages utilize reduplication in a strikingly similar fashion with nouns: Kinande oku-gulu ‘leg’, oku-gulu-gulu ‘a REAL leg’ (Downing 2001, includes more with verbal reduplication as well).

I suppose the difficult aspect of English reduplication is not through this particular type, but the fact that it utilizes many other types of reduplication: baby talk (choo-choo, no-no), rhyming (teeny-weeny, super-duper), and the ever-famous “shm” reduplication: fancy-schmancy (a way of denying the claim that something is fancy).

screams my professor was trying to find an example of reduplication so the next class he came back and said “I FOUND REDUPLICATION IN ENGLISH” and then he said “Milk milk” and everyone was just “what?” and he said “you know when you go to a coffee shop and they ask if you want soy milk and you say ‘no i want milk milk’” and everyone just had this collective sigh of understanding.

Another name for this particular construction is contrastive focus reduplication, and there’s a famous linguistics paper about it which is commonly known as the Salad Salad Paper. You know, because if you want to make it clear that you’re not talking about pasta salad or potato salad, you might call it “salad salad”. The repetition indicates that you’re intending the most prototypical meaning of the word, like green salad or cow’s milk, even though other things can be considered types of salad or milk. 

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iguanamouth:

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iguanamouth:

UNUSUAL HOARD commission for death-does-disco - do you think they all sleep in the same tree

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Person: You should try dressing normal for once

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art-of-swords:

Shamshir Sword 

  • Dated: circa 1800
  • Culture: Turkish
  • Medium: steel, silver, wood, horn
  • Measurements: overall length 96 cm

The sword has a flat, curved, single-edged blade of damask steel. At the forte there are two golden cartouches featuring inscriptions in Arabic. It has a silver hilt with cross-quillon engraved with floral motifs, horn grip scales, a wooden scabbard with leather covering and silver mounts decorated en suite.

Source: Copyright © 2014 Czerny’s International Auction House S.R.L.

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bevsi:

fave adventure time couples <3 (human au ahahah)

Dats pretty shweeeet

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reliquatory:

Cat Eyes are nice… but Bat Eyes are better.

Happy Halloween <3

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littlemisslulubelle:

popthirdworld:

This comic was a frikking epic to put together. Like my FB page for more! And share it to your FB buddies!

Exactly man….

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Shrieking skulls will shock your soul, Seal your doom tonight

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