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Re: THEORY: Question on Wackernaegel's Position

From:dirk elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>
Date:Monday, July 24, 2000, 16:20
On Mon, 24 Jul 2000, BP Jonsson wrote:

> At 16:46 23.7.2000 -0400, Tim Smith wrote: > > >In languages where most things like unstressed pronouns and auxiliaries are > >enclitics that cluster after the first constituent of the clause (for > >example, Serbo-Croat), does this happen in the main clause only, or in both > >main and subordinate clauses? > > > In all clauses -- and the rule of course applies only to older IndoEuropean > languages! :-)
Well, perhaps Wackernagel would have included more languages if he had known about them. Many of the Uto-Aztecan languages, for example, have second position clitics; well developed analyses exist for Luiseno and O'odham, and off the top of my head I can think of Tubatulabal, Southern Paiute, and Comanche as well. I'm sure there are many more languages in the world with second position clitic strings; it's not just an IE thing. Dirk -- Dirk Elzinga