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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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Object clitics

Object clitics

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(p.786) Chapter 48 Object clitics
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The Oxford Guide to the Romance Languages
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Ian Roberts

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199677108.003.0048

The main goal of this chapter is to critically address from a comparative perspective some of the most important issues regarding the syntax of Romance objects clitics. The chapter covers such areas as distribution, licensing, and co-occurrence of different classes of object clitic; distribution of proclisis, enclisis, and mesoclisis; clitic climbing; object doubling and compatibility with different classes of object; interpolation structures. Specific topics dealt with include: licensing object-clitic positions; person-case constraints; distribution of object clitics in non-finite clauses; infinitives; past participles; gerunds; proclisis, enclisis, and mesoclisis; European Portuguese and Galician; enclisis patterns in old Romance: The Tobler-Mussafia Law; mesoclisis in old Romance; clitic climbing; clitic climbing and restructuring; clitic climbing in causatives; clitic-climbing and auxiliaries; clitic doubling.

Keywords:   object clitics, licensing, proclisis, enclisis, mesoclisis, clitic climbing, doubling, interpolation

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