Cliticization

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In morphosyntax, cliticization is a process by which a complex word is formed by attaching a clitic to a fully inflected word.

Exsmple

In Je t'aime, t' is the clitic attached to aime.

Comment

It is unclear whether cliticization is a type of word formation or a type of syntactic operation (incorporation).

Link

Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics

References

  • Klavans, J. 1982. From Cyclic Phonology to Lexical Phonology. In van der Hulst, H. & Smith, N. (eds.), The Structure of Phonological Representations (I), 131-175.
  • Klavans, J. 1985. Some Consequences of Lexical Phonology. In van der Hulst, H. & Smith, N. (eds.), The Structure of Phonological Representations (I), 131-175.
  • Nespor, M. & Vogel, I. 1986. Prosodic Phonology. Dordrecht: Foris.
  • Spencer, A. 1991. Morphological Theory. Blackwell, Oxford.
  • Zwicky, A. 1977. Discourse and Logical Form. Linguistic Inquiry 8-1, 101-139.
  • Zwicky, A. & Pullum, G. 1983. Cliticization vs. Inflection: English n't. Language 59, 509-513.