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Diminutive Reduplication

Diminutive reduplication indicates a small subject or a small object of the act or state. The diminutive prefix, ɬ-, indicates a small act or state.

The first consonant of the root is repeated as a prefix on the root. Any resonant consonants of the root are glottalized.

As a morphological pattern the first plosive consonant of a plosive consonant pair is reduced to a regular consonant. In the example above the repeated is reduced to a regular t.

In this example the resonant consonant, m, is glottalized. As well, the subsequent suffix, -elt, retains its vowel thus eliminating the vowel from the root, cim.

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