Object Clitics in Spanish and Catalan

This paper studies the properties of object pronominal clitics in Spanish and Catalan and shows that they behave very differently in several ways. Contrary to what is generally asumed, we propose that direct object clitics and indirect object clitics are two different kinds of functional categories: the direct object is considered a DP generated in an A-position, and the indirect object clitic is analyzed as a functional category with Person features that acts as a sort of dative marker rather than as an element in au A-position. This analysis covers the main properties of each clitic and it is free from the main problems that usually affect previous hypotheses ​
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