Example 29-37

Die vaas wil-wil omval.
Die
def.art
vaas
vase
wil~wil
want~want
om-val.
over-fall
The vase is just about to tip over.
Comment:
Iconic reduplication is relatively common in Afrikaans - cf. also Examples 38, 39, 40 and 41. Strikingly, it very rarely delivers plurals, however. Forms like hordes-hordes ('hordes-hordes, i.e. HORDES of people'), which is a strictly informal usage, are unusual.
Type:
naturalistic spoken
Source:
den Besten et al. 2003: 273