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Clitics are prosodically deficient items which bear no lexical accent of their own and consequently need to lean on another accented element, the so-called host. The host and its clitics constitute a clitic group. Cross-linguistically, clitics belong to a small yet heterogeneous number of word classes: they are often pronouns, auxiliaries, copulas, determiners, adpositions, conjunctions or particles. Some of t…

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Silvia Luraghi, “Clitics”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, Managing Editors Online Edition: First Last. Consulted online on 18 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2013

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