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Uvahle-Tana, or Makira, is an Austronesian language that was spoken in southwestern Matai, and is now one of the official languages of the Kingdom of Makira. It is most notable for its system of reduplication.
Reduplication is used in Uvahle-Tana to form plurals. In the language, their are two main forms of reduplication, the first of which is used for words with three or more syllables, and the second form is used for words with two or less syllables.
In this type of duplication, the first syllable of the word is reduplicated.
nakamai 'house' → nanakamai 'houses'
In this type of duplication, the entire root of the word is reduplicated.
rehi 'word' → rehirehi 'words'
- "Ahi" string
- "Ehihihlo" rock
- "Hlinari" fruit
- "Kuruhlai" money
- "Makira" language
- "M̄ihali" tree
- "Nakamai" house
- "Pihana" draw