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Complementiser agreement: agreement or clitic

Two tests indicate that the 2SG suffix -st on verbs and complementisers must be analysed as a form of agreement and not as a clitic. These test include: backwards conjunction reduction of the suffix while not reducing the host and occurrence of clitics and agreement in relative clauses.

Another indication that -st is an instance of agreement is its ability to license pro-drop. The suffix -sto must be analysed as an instance of agreement to which the pronoun do you has been cliticised. In addition, there is a third suffix -ste, which may be viewed as ambiguous between a mere agreement ending and an agreement ending to which the pronoun has been cliticised.


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