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Turkish doubled verbs as doubled TPs

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This paper argues that Inflected Doubled Verbs (DVs) in Turkish are formed via TP reduplication based on evidence from data showing that phrase levels below TP can be overtly realized, and that those above TP are not present in DVs. As TPs are intermediary levels between words (the copying of which is called “reduplication”) and sentences (the copying of which is called “repetition”), the copying of them to form a reduplication structure is a challenge for attempts at making a distinction between repetition and reduplication based on size. Rather, reduplication and repetition may both result from copying complements, triggered by a [+copy] feature. What differentiates them are the properties of lexically-determined complements.

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