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Clitic Placement in Western Iberian: A Minimalist View

Eduardo P. Raposo and Juan Uriagereka

in The Oxford Handbook of Comparative Syntax

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780195136517
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195136517.013.0015

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 Clitic Placement in Western Iberian: A Minimalist View

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This article examines clitic placement in Western Iberian (WI) languages. Central and Eastern Iberian (henceforth C/EI) languages are sensitive to the finiteness of the clause that hosts the clitic. The article argues that a morphophonological property of the peripheral functional category F accounts for the complex pattern of WI clitic placement versus its more homogeneous pattern in C/EI variants. It describes the Tobler-Mussafia property of WI and attempts to determine why determiner clitics appear in displaced positions.

Keywords: Western Iberian languages; clitic placement; CEI; finiteness; clause; morphophonological property; Tobler-Mussafia property; determiner clitic

Article.  22819 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Language Families

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