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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

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

Ian Roberts

Oxford University Press

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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