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Friday, August 26, 2011

Definitions for proclitic

  1. (Of a word) closely connected in pronunciation with the following word and not having an independent accent.

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Citations for proclitic
Tarlinskaja showed that the proclitic form is quite common in English, given 'the prevailing tendency of English speech to stress the last notional word of a phrase (sentence) particularily strongly. Brian Vickers, Counterfeiting Shakespeare
In Latin the preposition in and the connective et are both proclitic, even though they are written as separate words in modern texts. James Clackson, Geoffrey Horrocks, The Blackwell History of the Latin Language
Origin of proclitic
Proclitic is modeled on the Greek procliticus, "to lean forward." It was formed in relation to enclitic, "a monosyllabic word or form that is treated as a suffix of the preceding word."