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The morphosyntax of <i>-nde</i> and post-verbal clitics in Cypriot Greek

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Abstract

This paper explores pronominal clitic placement in a mixed clitic placement variety, Cypriot Greek, and the restrictions on it in the presence of the dialectal element -<i>nde</i>. -<i>Nde</i> appears as a verb suffix, but imposes syntactic and morphological restrictions in the clause. We argue that -<i>nde</i> is a borrowed element from Turkish and it behaves as a <i>validational</i> marker (Weber 1986) in Cypriot Greek, expressing the truth validity of the speaker&#8217;s judgment. Challenging the true nature of clitics and affixes, the discussion focuses on the possibility of clitic-like elements appearing as suffixes. The ungrammaticality yielded with both -<i>nde</i> and post-verbal object clitics leads to the observation that the two need to appear adjacent to the verb.

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