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What is an enclitic?



An enclitic is a clitic that is phonologically joined at the end of a preceding word to form a single unit.

Examples (English)
  • The English negative morpheme not becomes an enclitic when de-stressed and joined to the preceding auxiliary verb, as in the following:

    • can’t
    • won’t
    • shouldn’t

    Mish 1991 409

  • Sources

    Crystal 1980 64


    Pei and Gaynor 1954 65


    Mish 1991 409

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