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Reduplication

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Reduplication is the process of repeating a word or part of it to express some grammatical function, plurality for example. It is used in some language families' grammar, most notably in Malayo-Polynesian where it forms plurals:

Bahasa Malay rumah, house, rumah-rumah, houses.

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Nama uses reduplication to increase the force of a verb:

Go, “look”, Go-go, “examine with attention”.

Chinese also uses reduplication:

ren, “person”, renren, “everybody”

Indo-European languages formerly used reduplication to form a number of verb forms, especially in the preterite or perfect tenses. In the older Indo-European languages, many such verbs survive:

None of these sorts of forms survive in modern English, although they existed in its parent Germanic languages.

See also: augment