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What is an anaphoric clitic?



An anaphoric clitic is a morphologically bound morpheme that

  • refers to a previously mentioned constituent, and
  • fills the position of a noun phrase in a clause and is in complementary distribution with full noun phrases.
Examples (Yagua, Peru)

The anaphoric clitic sa- is a bound morpheme that can only appear immediately before the verb stem. It is in complementary distribution with noun phrases.

  • sa - mura7@a7@y


  • manungo mura7@a7@y

    Manungo sings

  • *manungo sa - mura7@a7@y


Payne, T. 1997a 43

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