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date: 13 November 2019

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This article examines clitic placement in Western Iberian (WI) languages. Central and Eastern Iberian (henceforth C/EI) languages are sensitive to the finiteness of the clause that hosts the clitic. The article argues that a morphophonological property of the peripheral functional category F accounts for the complex pattern of WI clitic placement versus its more homogeneous pattern in C/EI variants. It describes the Tobler-Mussafia property of WI and attempts to determine why determiner clitics appear in displaced positions.

Keywords: Western Iberian languages, clitic placement, CEI, finiteness, clause, morphophonological property, Tobler-Mussafia property, determiner clitic

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