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Explaining the variability of clitic doubling across Romance: a diachronic account 

Fischer, Susanne | Rinke, Esther

Linguistische Berichte (LB), Bd. 2013 (2013), Iss. 236: S. 70–87

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Fischer, Susanne

Rinke, Esther


This paper will propose that the various patterns of clitic doubling across Romance (and other) languages are the result of diachronic developments, namely of the interaction of catastrophic and gradual processes. More precisely we will argue that catastrophic processes (the emergence of doubling) need to be differentiated from gradual processes (the spread of doubling to different contexts). Under this view the catastrophic change is the change concerning one macro parameter giving way to several micro parameters which are then responsible for the spread of clitic doubling to different syntactic contexts.