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Impoverishment but only so far: Vernacular Catalan clitic clusters

Adriana Soto-Corominas
From the journal Probus

Abstract

This study investigates two apparently distinct morphological processes that occur in some specific Vernacular Central Catalan clitic clusters: Fission and Impoverishment. In Fission, a cluster of first and second person clitics (e. g. te me) generates a third clitic in the sequence (e. g. se te me), while Impoverishment involves the replacement of the first or second person reflexive clitic in the cluster by the default reflexive: e. g. te me becoming se te. It is argued that Fission and Impoverishment are, in fact, successive stages of the same morphological phenomenon, which is referred to as Reflexivity Cluster Remapping. Assuming the framework of Distributed Morphology for pronoun paradigms, the various constraints that govern and limit Reflexivity Cluster Remapping are explored.

Acknowledgments

I would like to gratefully acknowledge the comments, critiques and suggestions made by two anonymous Probus reviewers. I also thank Sílvia Perpiñán and very especially David Heap for their comments and input that helped improve this paper. I would also like to thank the audiences of the Bilingual Workshop in Theoretical Linguistics in 2015 and the Canadian Linguistics Association conference in 2015, both hosted by the University of Ottawa, for their feedback.

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