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What is a proclitic?



A proclitic is a clitic that precedes the word to which it is phonologically joined.

Example (English)
  • The English article the, when unstressed and with a reduced vowel, is a proclitic, as in the following:

  • the house
  • Adapted from:

    Crystal 1980 64

  • Sources

    Crystal 1980 64


    Hartmann and Stork 1972 185


    Pei and Gaynor 1954 176


    Mish 1991 938

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