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Aspects of the Theory of Clitics$
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Stephen Anderson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199279906

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279906.001.0001

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Theories of Special Clitics

Theories of Special Clitics

(p.107) 5 Theories of Special Clitics
Aspects of the Theory of Clitics

Stephen R. Anderson (Contributor Webpage)

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Among the various types of special clitics, by far the most interesting (in the sense of probative) are those that occur in second position within the domain to which they are relevant. This chapter shows why these clitics are so important for the development of an adequate theory of special clitic positioning. Proceeding from a fuller account of the Kwakw'ala clitics considered earlier, it explores second-position clitics in a variety of languages. It considers a range of possible theories that have been proposed for the positioning of special clitics, and concludes that neither the syntax nor the phonology suffices to describe the grammar of special clitics — a result that is of course entirely in accord with this book's earlier proposal that the nature of these elements is essentially morphological.

Keywords:   special clitics, clitic positioning, second-position clitics, syntax, morphology

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