Comparative constructions in English

Dixon, R.M.W. (2005) Comparative constructions in English. Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 41. pp. 5-27.

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Abstract

This paper commences by examining the conditions for use of -er or more (or either) as the form of the index of comparison in English, followed by discussion of the forms for comparison of adverbs, and of the superlative index with both adjectives and adverbs. The syntax of a prototypical comparative construction (two participants compared in terms of one property, as in John is happier than Mary) is compared with that of a non-prototypical construction (two properties compared for one participant, as in John is more intelligent than sensible). Finally, there is brief consideration of inherently comparative expressions, and of the verb compare.

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Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
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ISSN: 0081-6272
Date Deposited: 15 Aug 2011 05:01
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