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Distributive Reduplication

Distributive is correlated with a range of interpretations, including distributed plural, distributed action, and intensified experience or activity. (Black, 1996:63)

Plural constructions denote more than one object in stative roots and more than one actor of eventive roots. The plural is derived from a reduplication of the root word’s two consonants. These two consonants are prefixed to the root. There is no distinction between strong-roots and weak-roots.

Salish words are derived from a root word with affixes. Reduplication is a process that involves repeating the letters/sounds of the root word. Distributive reduplication repeats the two consonants of the root and adds them as a prefix to it.

Root affixation.
Prefixed reduplicated consonants of the root word; distributive reduplication

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