Article published in:Pragmatics and Autolexical Grammar: In honor of Jerry Sadock
Edited by Etsuyo Yuasa, Tista Bagchi and Katharine Beals
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 176] 2011
► pp. 175–192
Wait’ll (you hear) the next one
A case for an enclitic preposition and complementizer
In English both the preposition and complementizer till take on the enclitic form ‘ll, with the main verb wait serving as its host. This chapter offers a multimodular analysis of these enclitics within the Autolexical/Automodular framework of Sadock (1991, 2003). Although they are bound morphemes attaching outside inflection and blocking further morphological operations, they are not prototypical enclitics: they are not productive and act selectively w.r.t. their morphological host. As for the constraints on the Morphology-Syntax interface, enclitic ‘ll morphologically attaches to a verb which does not belong to the constituent it syntactically combines with. Phonologically, it is agglutinative, stressless, and subject to automatic phonological rules. Semantically, it acts as a functor taking a constituent meaning as its argument.
Published online: 29 April 2011