Aspects Of The Theory Of Clitics

Paperback | September 15, 2005

byStephen Anderson

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This is the first book to cover the grammar of clitics from all points of view, including their phonology and syntax and relation to morphology. In the process, it deals with the relation of second position clitics to verb-second phenomena in Germanic and other languages, the grammar ofcontracted auxiliary verbs in English, noun incorporation constructions, and several other much discussed topics in grammar. Stephen Anderson includes analyses of a number of particular languages, and some of these - such as Kwakw'ala ("Kwakiutl) and Surmiran Rumantsch - are based on his own fieldresearch. The study of clitics has broad implications for a general understanding of sentence structure in natural language. Stephen Anderson's clearly-written, wide-ranging, and original account will be of wide interest to scholars and advanced students of phonology, morphology, and syntax.

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This is the first book to cover the grammar of clitics from all points of view, including their phonology and syntax and relation to morphology. In the process, it deals with the relation of second position clitics to verb-second phenomena in Germanic and other languages, the grammar ofcontracted auxiliary verbs in English, noun inco...

Stephen R. Anderson is Professor of Linguistics, Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. He has previously taught at Harvard University, UCLA, Stanford, and The Johns Hopkins University. Among his other books are A-Morphous Morphology (1992), The Language Organ, co-authored by David Lightfoot (2002), and Doctor Dolittle's...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.77 inPublished:September 15, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199279918

ISBN - 13:9780199279913

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction2. What is a Clitic?3. The Phonology of Cliticization4. Special Clitics and Their Grammar5. Theories of Special Clitics6. An Optimal Theory of Clitic Positioning7. Verb Second as Alignment8. Pronominal Clitics9. Clause Structure and the Grammar of Incorporation