Tagalog Syllable Repetition

Syllable repetition is common in Tagalog. There are two types:

1. The first syllable is repeated (rep1).

If the syllable starts with a vowel, repeat the first vowel. Example:

alis

departure

aalis

will leave

If the syllable starts with a consonant, repeat the first consonant and the first vowel. Examples:

basa

reading

babasa

will read

prito

fried

magpiprito*

will fry

* mag- is an affix.

2. The first two syllables are repeated (rep2). A hyphen is generally added. Example:

dalawa

two

dala-dalawa

in twos, in pairs

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