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Wackernagel’s Law I
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Wackernagel’s Law is a generalization referring to the tendency of certain enclitics and postpositives to occur second within their clause or sentence.

1. Introduction

Wackernagel (1892) observes that, across archaic Indo-European languages (Greek, Latin, Sanskrit, Gothic, etc.), enclitic and postpositive items tend to occur second in their c…

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David Goldstein, “Wackernagel’s Law I”, in: Encyclopedia of Ancient Greek Language and Linguistics, General Editor: Georgios K. Giannakis. Consulted online on 28 November 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2214-448X_eagll_COM_00000375>
First published online: 2013

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