|Title:||Vowel reduction in Palauan reduplicants|
|Comment:||appears in Proceedings of AFLA 8: The Eighth Meeting of the Austronesian Formal Linguistics Association. MIT Working Papers in Linguistics|
Palauan exhibits vowel reduction in unstressed syllables, and two types of reduplication. Because reduplicants are unstressed, they undergo vowel reduction. Vowel reduction and reduplication are discussed in some detail, because of their inherent interest: vowel reduction is a synchronic chain shift, and the reduplicant takes on several prosodic shapes. The main point, however, is that reduplicants are vowel-reduced with respect to the underlying form, not with respect to the base in a reduplicated word. Therefore, base-reduplicant correspondence does not suffice to determine the content of the reduplicant.