clitic(redirected from cliticisation)
An unstressed word, typically a function word, that is incapable of standing on its own and attaches in pronunciation to a stressed word, with which it forms a single accentual unit. Examples of clitics are the pronoun 'em in I see 'em and the definite article in French l'arme, "the arm."
Of or relating to a clitic or clisis.
clit′i·cize (-sĭz′) v.
clit′i·ci·za′tion (-sĭ-zā′shən) n.
(Linguistics) a clitic word
[C20: back formation from enclitic and proclitic]
enclitic or proclitic.
[1945–50; by extraction]