Mehmet Hakkı Suçin | Turkish and Arabic Reduplications in Contrast

Turkish and Arabic Reduplications in Contrast

Australian Journal of Linguistics

Volume 30, Issue 2, 2010

DOI: 10.1080/07268601003678627

Mehmet Hakkı Suçina

pages 209-226   Published online: 20 Apr 2010


In this study, Turkish and Arabic reduplications are compared with respect to semantic characteristics and phonological copying. Similarities and differences of reduplications in these languages are identified, and the reduplications are then classified in phonetic and semantic terms. A type of word collocations known as itba: , which were found in classical Arabic texts though they are currently obsolete, are also analyzed. The conclusions of the study are provided in the final section.


Reduplication, Hendiadys, Lexical Couplets, Itba: , Semantic Characteristics, Phonetic Assimilation, Turkish, Arabic

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