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The paper proposes a novel structural analysis of Hittite determinate relative clauses on the basis of a corpus study considering a wider and fuller array of Hittite data than ever before. In Hittite, relative -phrases attest a wide range of linear positions: first/initial, clause-second, immediately preverbal or even postverbal. We build upon the current assumption that -pronouns are clitics and thus their placement is determined by the syntax-prosody interface. As for the syntactic component, we argue against the construal of -elements. Instead, we propose that what linearly appears to be clause-second, preverbal or postverbal position of the -pronoun is structurally associated with Spec, FinP. The prosodic component is provided by the standardly acknowledged prosodic inversion, but the prosodic domain for the placement of -clitics is not clausal (CP), it is rather to be identified with a smaller domain within CP, namely, FinP. We also provide the first ever systematic treatment of split -phrases which are highly problematic for existing approaches but are fully accounted for by our analysis.

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