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What is an enclitic?

 

Definition
 

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
    Source:

    Mish 1991 409

  • Sources
     

    Crystal 1980 64

     

    Pei and Gaynor 1954 65

     

    Mish 1991 409


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