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By Marian Klamer

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Big father') are given. Lexicalised compounds are usually reduplicated as a whole, as in (55a). Although other possibilities exist, as shown in (55b-d), reduplication of the whole NP is the most favoured form. (55) a. Da ama bokul(u) ART father be big 'The various elders' ama bokul(u) father be big b. Da ama bo ART father RED'The (various) elders' bokul(u) be big c. 6. Reduplication d. A ma ama REDfather 'Various elders' e. * Da ART aRED- 41 bokul be big ama bokul(u) father be big The illformedness of (55e) may have to do with the (semantic) properties of the compound as a whole: the reduplicated form does not involve various fathers but rather various elders, thus the reduplication of ama bokul 'elder' is preferred to the reduplication of ama 'father'.

24 2. 6. Phonotactic constraints In this section I will discuss two phonotactic constraints that entail restrictions on vv sequences: one concerns the process of umlaut, the other long vowels. CV(c) roots, and only there. When the first, stressed, syllable of a root contains a mid vowel /e/ or /o/, and is followed by a second syllable with the low vowel /a/, the /e/ or /o/ in the first syllable becomes a broken or low vowel. The process is stated informally in (23). 28 In the left hand column the underlying representation is given, the second column presents the phonetic form.

5. Word games and names In this section I will discuss evidence for the distinction between the foot and the prosodic word. The evidence comes from Kambera word games and name clippings. 3 above as a trochaic foot. Thus, the first syllable of the root has stress. The number of prefixes may range from zero to two. Each of them may form an extra syllable with the pretonic default vowel /a/. Prefix syllables are light and have no stress. I assume that they form a prosodic word, together with the trochaic foot, as represented in (45) below.

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