In generative syntax, clitic climbing is a movement of a clitic out of its local domain.
As in (ii):
(i) Gianni vuole vederli Gianni wants see-them (ii) Gianni li vuole vedere Gianni them -wants see
This phenomenon is also common in other Romance languages, but not in French. Clitic Climbing facts have led to the assumption that certain verbs, like volere in Italian, trigger Restructuring.
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- Rizzi, L. 1982. Issues in Italian syntax. Dordrecht: Foris.