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The Comparative Correlative Construction in Modern Standard Arabic

Alqurashi, A and Borsley, RD (2014) 'The Comparative Correlative Construction in Modern Standard Arabic.' In: M�ller, S, (ed.) Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, University at Buffalo. CSLI Publications, 6 - 26.


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Much discussion of the comparative correlative construction exemplified by The more I read, the more I understand has been concerned with how much cross?linguistic variation there is in this area. Culicover and Jackendoff (1999) suggest that there is considerable variation, but Den Dikken (2005) suggests with data from a variety of languages that the variation is quite limited. Modern Standard Arabic has a comparative correlative construction which is quite different from Engish and the other languages that Den Dikken considers, suggesting that there is more variation in this domain than he assumes. However, it is not difficult to provide an analysis of the construction and other related constructions within the HPSG framework.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Language and Linguistics, Department of
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 20 Nov 2014 14:09
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2017 17:43

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