Clitic Doubling

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In generative syntax, clitic doubling is an occurrence of a clitic in the presence of a corresponding (pronominal) object in a number of Romance languages.


Such as Spanish:

Juan me visito a mi ayer
Juan me visited (to) me yesterday


All pronominal objects, such as mi in the example, must be 'doubled' by a corresponding clitic, in this case me.


Utrecht Lexicon of Linguistics


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