Datapoint Chinese Pidgin Russian/Functions of reduplication

Reduplication is not typical; apart from verb reduplication which expresses the habitual or prolonged action, the most frequent reduplicated forms are mala-mala 'a little, a bit' and chiwo-chiwo 'something'.

Values

Attenuating function

Example 65-48:
Сичаса мала мала лаботай.
Siʧasa mala mala labotaj.
Siʧasa
now
mala
small
mala
small
labotaj.
work
I have some small work right now.

Source: Perekhvalskaya 2008: 226

Example 65-42:
Хэцзю фамили чиво-чиво купила.
Xetsʒu famili ʧiwo-ʧiwo kupila.
Xetsʒu
Xeczu
famili
kin
ʧiwo-ʧiwo
what-what
kupi-la.
buy-pfv
A person by the name Xeczu bought something.

Source: Perekhvalskaya 2008: 221

Example 65-49:
Waʃa igraj-igraj ni nada.
Váša
2pl
igráj-igráj
play-play
ni
neg
náda.
must
Do not mock [me] / laugh [at me].

Source: Jabłońska 1957: 168

Confidence:
Very certain