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Reduplication in Austronesian languages| Unravel Magazine
Reduplication happens when a word or a part of is repeated for a grammatical function. This function could be to signal a change in word class, like in the case of ‘hush hush’ (adjective) from ‘hush’ (noun). It could also be to signal the plural or the collective, the continuity and futurity of actions/states, their intensity or their reciprocity.