Monday, October 9, 2006

Enclitic

An enclitic is a clitic that always binds to another word.

Okay, that probably wasn't very helpful.

A clitic is something that basically acts like a word but is always followed or preceded by another word: it never appears on its own. An enclitic actualy attaches itself to therelated word. Examples:

I'm
You're
She's
They'll
They've

The boldface sections are enclitics.

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3 comments:

  1. I've been away for a while. Refreshing to come back and read through your posts, though the E=MC^2 post scared the hell out of me.

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  2. Thanks! Glad to have you still with us.

    I haven't mentioned it often, but studying physics was an old hobby of mine during high school. For a non-technical (or at least non-mathematical) explanation of many, many intriguing scientific principles, make sure to read Stephen Hawking's The Illustrated Brief History of Time.

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  3. Thanks. I might just do that!

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