Clitic Group
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Ancient Greek has both proclitics and enclitics which usually – although not exclusively – attach to a lexical host. There is a strong tendency for clitics to avoid the initial position of the larger prosodic domain to which the host-plus-clitic string belongs. Phonological rules and accentuation provide support for the view that clitics are not independent prosodic elements but rather form a cohesive prosodic unit with their host.

The clitic group (CG) is a unit of the prosodic hierarchy ( Selkirk 1981 et seq.; Nespor and Vogel 1…

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Anthi Revithiadou, “Clitic Group”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 18 March 2018 <>
First published online: 2013

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