clitic

clitic

[klit-ik] Grammar.
adjective
1.
(of a word) functioning as a bound form; closely connected in pronunciation with a preceding or following word and not having an independent accent or phonological status.
noun
2.
a clitic word; enclitic or proclitic.

Origin:
1945–50; extracted from enclitic and proclitic

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clitic (ˈklɪtɪk)
 
adj
1.  proclitic See also enclitic (of a word) incapable of being stressed, usually pronounced as if part of the word that follows or precedes it: for example, in French, me, te, and le are clitic pronouns
 
n
2.  a clitic word
 
[C20: back formation from enclitic and proclitic]

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