UCL Working Papers in Linguistics 12 (2000)

Clitic doubling in Modern Greek: a head-complement relation


The hypothesis presented in this paper, namely that in clitic doubling constructions the clitic selects for a DP-complement in Syntax, is motivated by the need to explain the thematic problem raised in such constructions: Two elements, the clitic and its double, compete for the same theta-role. It will be argued that, in languages with an overt case affix on nouns, the clitic and its double may start out in a head-complement relation. The clitic may also be coreferential with a phrase in an adjunct position. In this case, though, the relation between the clitic and the double is one of coreference, established outside the module of Syntax.

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