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.

[Greek klitikos, leaning, from klīnein, to lean; see klei- in Indo-European roots.]

clit′i·cize (-sĭz′) v.
clit′i·ci·za′tion (-sĭ-zā′shən) n.
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(ˈklɪtɪˌsaɪz) or


vb (tr)
to pronounce as part of a following or preceding word
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(6) Resumptive pronouns are bound pronouns that cliticize on verbs and nouns.
Whereas in Hebrew oot/et--does not suffix or cliticize to the verb, Noldeke (1893: 104) sees Palestinian Jewish Aramaic as having taken this step in the etymologically identical morpheme.
In languages that have pronominal clitics such as Spanish, both the direct and indirect object can cliticize in the same clause as evident in Spanish example (12).
Therefore they have to combine with a lexical host, as in the French sentence Je t'aime where both the a-tonic subject pronoun (je) and the object pronoun (te) cliticize onto the verb.
In the absence of one of the markers mentioned in Table 2, the only other way in which Otomi subordinate clauses are distinct from main clauses is the occurrence of certain tense markers, which code person plus Contemporality, Posteriority or Anteriority, and cliticize to the verb.
The enclitics may have a demonstrative function when they cliticize to pronouns and nouns:
In other words, suspended affixation is nothing else but the cliticization of the inflected copula to just those elements that it is allowed to cliticize in general, with the only difference that these complements are conjoined.
Clearly, this form is not an enclitic, since there is nothing in any of the examples in (7) or (8) for an enclitic form of the article to cliticize to--it occurs following a consonant in (7a) and in absolute initial position in (7b) and (8).
Lehmann 1995), the adverbial element sehe shows a strong tendency to cliticize to the verb, thus losing its tones and becoming an affix -se.
k-ila k-satya 'he, she is drinking' (Khan 2002a: 18, 331ff.), Senaya cliticizes the copula to the present, e.g., 3sg.