Posted by R. Berg on May 10, 2002
In Reply to: Murmur posted by Bob on May 10, 2002
: : : Can anyone tell me if there is a term for the study of words that have multiple, consecutive, identical syllables such as the word "murmur". Additionally, can anyone think of other such words that are not nonsensical words.
: : Tomtom, frou-frou, tutu, juju, berber, dada, ack-ack, maumau, plenty of babytalk examples like mama, papa and booboo and the majorly cheating hotshots (*grin*), to name a few. There'll be plenty more, I'm sure.
: If there *isn't* "a term for the study of words that have multiple, consecutive, identical syllables" I would like to nominate "ologyology."
"Reduplication" can be used for a word formed that way as well as for the process of forming it.