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Quoting Paul Bennett <[log in to unmask]>:

> Aren't there also some small number of plural nouns in Japanese formed by
> reduplication? They're fossils, but certainly existent, or so the
> conversation went. I swear that not too long ago on this very list
> somebody (but I fail to recall who) posted a short list of them. I think
> it was actually to do with /h/ ~ /p/ ~ /b/ and the sound changes that made
> them what they are. The examples were showing that the sound change only
> happened in initial (or was it non-initial?) position. One example was
> habipabi or huriburi or something. Damn, I wish I could remember it better.
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> Paul
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> /please don't tell me I dreamed it

If so, we had the same dream. On example was _shimajima_ as plural of _shima_
"island".

                                                        Andreas