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The term ‘prepositive’ is used to refer to words that are placed in the first position of the linguistic unit they operate upon. In this sense they differ both from postpositives (another class of fixed-order words, placed at second position) and mobile words (free-order words). Prepositives partially overlap with proclitics, but the latter are normally understood as unstressed prepositives, although this distinction is sometimes ignored.

Like postpositives, prepositives include all those words that (a) are not mobile (Word Orde…

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Antonio Revuelta, “Prepositives”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 31 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_SIM_00000518>
First published online: 2013

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