Clitics in South Slavic Languages: The View from the Interfaces
Diesing, Molly; Zec, Draga
This paper analyses the placement of clitics that occupy the so-called second position in Serbian, in which both the first word or the first constituent can serve as host positions for clitics. In both corpus investigations and experimental research, we found that in Serbian there is more than one type of first position, both in the case of first word, and in the case of first constituent. Moreover, we found two types of cases depending on whether the sentence initial element is, or belongs to, either an argument or the predicate, yielding a four part classification. The experiments clearly establish preferred clitic placement in the two types of sentences. All four types are represented both in the investigated corpora and in the production and perception patterns, albeit in very different proportions. We attribute these differences to different discourse conditions between the first word and first phrase positions within each category.
Mario Einaudi Center for International Studies
Linguistics; Serbia; Clitics; Languages; Slavic Languages