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dc.contributor.author Ekanjume-Ilongo, Beatrice
dc.date.accessioned 2015-03-26T10:29:49Z
dc.date.available 2015-03-26T10:29:49Z
dc.date.issued 2013
dc.identifier.citation Ekanjume-Ilongo, B. (2013). A linguistic study of reduplication in Sesotho. Journal for Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences, 2(2): 27-34. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2026-7215
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/1397
dc.description.abstract The concept of reduplication has attracted interest from many linguists in recent years. This is because reduplication is an important phenomenon in languages. Although some linguists have tried to look at reduplication in Sesotho, its role and function in this language has been neglected. This paper looks at the usage of reduplication and its role in the enrichment of Sesotho. The paper reveals that Sesotho makes use of partial and complete reduplication with various functions such as: showing plurality, emphasis, diminutives, echoic expressions, completeness, originality, intensity, frequency, among others. Another interesting fact in this paper is that Sesotho, like English (Ghomeshi et al., 2004, p. 308) has contrastive reduplication where some speakers use it to contrast one concept from others. In addition, the paper reveals that reduplication in Sesotho can be categorized into prototypical meaning, literal meaning, intensifi ed meaning and value-added meaning. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.subject Reduplication en_US
dc.subject Sesotho en_US
dc.title A linguistic study of reduplication in Sesotho en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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