Competing Comparative Constructions in Europe (Studia by Thomas Stolz

By Thomas Stolz

This in-depth areal-typological examine analyzes the grammatical capability that are hired within the languages of Europe to precise the comparative of inequality/superiority. The extant theories and hypotheses in regards to the morphosyntactic constitution and the cross-linguistic distribution of development kinds are reviewed. The habit of comparatives less than the stipulations of language touch is mentioned. information from greater than a hundred and seventy average and nonstandard forms of eu languages are scrutinized systematically. The synchronic photograph is complemented through a bankruptcy at the diachrony of comparative structures. the ecu proof are in comparison to these of the geographically adjoining Asian and African areas. it really is argued that cross-linguistic investigations needs to take account additionally of so-called secondary suggestions. those secondary concepts recommend strongly that the supposedly dominant position of the particle comparative can't be upheld for Europe. in addition, in basic terms the secondary techniques let us draw isoglosses which go the borders among Europe and Asia (and Africa).

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