Have you noticed people duplicating a word and wondered, ‘what’s up with that?’
Or maybe you noticed it, but haven’t thought it means anything.
In this episode I’m going to talk about this fun phenomenon – It’s called Lexical Cloning or Reduplication.
Reduplication is repeating a word or phrase twice to convey a different meaning than one word or phrase alone would potentially convey.
Some of you may already be familiar with this phenomenon as it happens in other languages as well, not just in English. But the WAY we stress the words might be a little different.
In English, the first word or phrase that’s repeated is stressed. For example: ‘I’m up, but I’m not UP-up,’ meaning that you’re awake, probably lying in bed or on the couch, but you’re not wide awake and up on your feet.
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