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Title: Clitic and Affix Combinations
Subtitle: Theoretical perspectives
Edited By: Lorie Heggie
Francisco Ordóñez
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=LA%2074
Series Title: Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 74

In this volume, the relationship between clitics and affixes and their
combinatorial properties has led to a serious discussion of the interface
between syntax, morphology, semantics, and phonology that draws on a
variety of theoretical perspectives (e.g., HPSG , Optimality Theory,
Minimalism). Clitic/affix phenomena provide a rich range of data, not only
for the identification of an affix vs. clitic, but also for the best way to
explain ordering constraints, some of which are contradictory. A range of
languages are considered, including Romance and Slavic languages, as well
as Turkish, Greek, Icelandic, Korean, and Passamaquoddy. Moreover, several
articles consider dialectal microparameterization, notably in Spanish,
French, and Occitan. This volume thus reflects current debate on issues
such as clitic ordering constraints, the relationship of clitics to
inalienable possession and the left periphery, and templatic approaches to
affixes vs. clitics while examining a broad range of languages.

Table of contents

Names and addresses of contributors vii

Clitic ordering phenomena: The path to generalizations
Lorie Heggie and Francisco Ordóñez 1–29

Part I. Clitic sequences

Romance clitic clusters: The case connection
Louis H. Desouvrey 33–79

Constraining Optimality: Clitic sequences and Feature Geometry
David Heap 81–102

The syntax of clitic climbing in Czech
Milan Rezac 103–140

Romance clitic clusters: On diachronic changes and cross-linguistic contrasts
Fabrice Nicol 141–197

Strong and Weak Person Restrictions: A feature checking analysis
Elena Anagnostopoulou 199–235

Part II. Clitics vs. Affixation
Non-morphological determination of nominal affix order in Korean
James Hye Suk Yoon 239–282

Clitic positions within the left periphery: Evidence for a phonological buffer
Adam Szczegielniak 283–299

The Wh /Clitic-Connection
Cedric Boeckx and Sandra Stjepanović 301–314

Morphosyntax of two Turkish subject pronominal paradigms
Jeff Good and Alan C.L. Yu 315–341

On the syntax of doubling
Juan Uriagereka 343–374

Author Index 375–379

Languages Index 381–382

Subject Index 383–388

Publication Year: 2005
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Morphology
Subject Language(s): Auvergnat
Greek, Modern
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588116115
ISBN-13: 9781588116116
Pages: viii, 390
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ISBN: 9027227985
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Pages: viii, 390
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