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An Approach to English Comparative Correlatives

Borsley, RD (2004) 'An Approach to English Comparative Correlatives.' In: Muller, S, (ed.) Proceedings of the 11th International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar. CSLI Publications, 70 - 92.


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Recent syntactic theory has highlighted the importance of peripheral constructions such as the comparative correlative construction. This construction involves a pair of filler-gap constructions with unusual properties, where the first is a subordinate clause and the second a main clause. The construction has a number of related constructions. A version of HPSG, which assumes hierarchies of phrase types, can provide satisfactory analyses both for the comparative correlative construction and for the related constructions. The two clauses in the construction can be analysed as non standard head-filler phrases differing from standard head-filler phrases in certain respects. The construction as a whole can be analyzed as a non-standard head-adjunct phrase, in which the head and the phrase have different categories.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Elena Pupaza
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2015 13:18
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:45

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