Spanish clitic clusters


  • María Cristina Cuervo University of Toronto



clitic clusters, se, Distributed Morphology, clitics, impoverishment, syncretism, linearization


This paper deals with a small set of data from clusters of three clitics in Spanish that questions the empirical adequacy and scope of previous analyses of clitic clusters in Romance. It is shown that the output of the Spurious se Rule is not identical to genuine se, at some level that is relevant for linearization of clitics within a cluster. A proposal is presented to capture the neglected data, and this is done in a way that illuminates the debate on the division of labour in clitic phenomena between phonology, morphology and syntax. Central questions in morphology, such as ordering of operations, syncretisms, linearization principles and consequences of lexical insertion are addressed and re-examined.

Author Biography

María Cristina Cuervo, University of Toronto

Associate Professor

Department of Spanish & Portuguese

Department of Linguistics

University of Toronto




How to Cite

Cuervo, M. C. (2013). Spanish clitic clusters. Borealis – An International Journal of Hispanic Linguistics, 2(2), 191–220.



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