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The article compares the conditions of clitic climbing in modern and medieval Spanish. The purpose of this comparison is to prove and illustrate - using the examples of a medieval text in prose - that conditions of clitic climbing vary during the different stages of the evolution of Spanish.

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Spanish and Portuguese, the two most representative Iberoromance languages, coincide in having preserved the phenomenon of clitic promotion since ancient times. According to certain theories, the realization or non-realization of the promotion depend on the structural characteristics of the constructions made up of a regent verb and a dependent infinitive. The detailed analysis of the phenomenon mentioned above in a medieval and a modern corpus presented in this article demonstrates that, in spite of the apparent similarities, there are considerable differences between the structure of the constructions composed of a regent verb and an infinitive in the two periods.

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