Excerpt from Noun Reduplication in Comox: A Salish Language of Vancouver Island
One of the most characteristic grammatical processes of a group of Northwest Pacific Coast languages, embracing the Tsimshian, kwakiutl-nootka, Salish, and Chemakum linguistic stocks, is initial reduplication, employed in both noun and verb forms to indicate a variety of grammatical concepts, chieﬂy those of plurality, distribution, and iteration. The Salish languages in particular are known to make exuberant use of reduplication for grammatical purposes, but the subject, which seems to bristle with irregularities and intricacies of detail, has never been adequately treated for any of the numerous dialects of the stock. Indeed, a thorough grammatical study, at the same time phonetically adequate, of a Salish language, is still one of the desiderata of American linguistics.
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