Definition of clitic in English:
An unstressed word that normally occurs only in combination with another word, for example ῾m in I’m.
- Null objects are allowed in many languages despite the absence of an object-identifying clitic or a verb - object agreement feature.
- In more prestigious varieties of Spanish, the clitic and object noun phrase are in complementary distribution (La vi or Vi a la mujer).
- Except for Obi-Wan, the good guys in the Star Wars original trilogy all spoke colloquial American English, clitics and all.
- Example sentences
- What seems to be excluded is a theory that analyzes both cliticization and quantifier float as local movement.
- Topics to be discussed are do-support, cliticisation phenomena and the interaction of stress and intonational phrasing with word order.
- In my PhD thesis, I've examined the inflectional behaviour of pronominal clitics in European Portuguese and developed an inflectional account of cliticisation.
1940s: from (en)clitic and (pro)clitic.
Definition of clitic in:
- British & World English dictionary
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