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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

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

Diego Pescarini

Oxford University Press

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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