Tamil echo formation (Was Re: Hindi-Urdu echo-nouns in v)

Robert J. Zydenbos zydenbos at BLR.VSNL.NET.IN
Fri Feb 20 20:07:51 UTC 1998

Vasu Renganathan wrote:

> When the first syllable of a noun is replaced either with ki or kI,
> we get the echo counter part.  ki is used to replace syllables with
> short vowels and kI is used for long vowels.

> I guess the same is the case with other Dravidian languages Telugu,
> Malayalam, Kannada etc.

In Kannada it is gi- / gii-, depending on the prosodic structure of the
word that is reduplicated.


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