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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages$
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Adam Ledgeway and Martin Maiden

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199677108

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.001.0001

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Clitic pronominal systems: morphophonology

Clitic pronominal systems: morphophonology

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(p.742) Chapter 45 Clitic pronominal systems: morphophonology
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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages
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Diego Pescarini

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.003.0045

This chapter surveys some of the most important issues regarding the morphophonological properties of Romance clitic pronouns. It covers person, number, gender, case, and animacy distinctions and markedness restrictions; clitic clusters; allomorphic variations and pro- vs enclitic alternation; interaction with verb movement and negation; cumulative exponence and syncretisms; overabundance; suppletion; clitic versus weak distinctions. Specific topics dealt with include: object clitics; subject clitics; possessives; auxiliary clitics; stress; vowel drop (elision, apocope, syncope) ; vowel insertion (prosthesis/epenthesis); aphaeresis, vocalization, and palatalization of laterals; cluster-internal phenomena; order of object clitics; mutual exclusion patterns; synthetic clusters; vowel alternations.

Keywords:   pronouns, clitics, stress, phonology, syntax, clitic clusters

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