Two Properties of Clitics in Clitic-Doubled Constructions

  • Margarita Suñer
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 40)


One of the well-known facts about Spanish is that it permits object clitic-doubling (CL-D). CL-D is the process by which an object clitic (CL) enters into a chain with a lexical constituent in argument position, thus forming a discontinuous element (Borer 1984). Both parts of the CL-chain must match in the relevant features (Suñer 1986a). Spanish CLs may double indirect objects (IOs) and direct objects (DOs). In all dialects, IO-D is quite free in the sense that the features of the doubled constituent do not appear to interact crucially with the doubling process; consequently, doubling takes places irrespective of the features for animacy, specificity and/or definiteness of the IO phrase (1).


Argument Position Indirect Object Wide Scope Reading Discontinuous Element Overt Pronoun 
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