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On the impact of the initial phrase length on the position of enclitics in Old Czech

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... Second, her analysis of the Old Bulgarian examples challenges the general view on the grammaticalization process substantially. Similarly, ( [2], [10]) discussed other factors that influence the word order of enclitics (especially the possible variations in both the second and contact positions) in older differs between the position of the pronominal enclitic after its governor (postverbal position) and the position of the pronominal enclitic before its governor (preverbal position). For more details, see [1], [2], [3]. 2 To translate the Old Czech examples completely would lengthen this paper unacceptably; hence, we only cite one example for each phenomenon and a gloss is given just for the relevant part of the example (the glossed parts of the example are indicated by a vertical line │). ...
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