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What is an anaphoric clitic?

 

Definition
 

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

    3SG-sing

  • manungo mura7@a7@y

    Manungo sings

  • *manungo sa - mura7@a7@y

 
Source:

Payne, T. 1997a 43

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