Title: The Chinese bi comparative
Authors: Liu, Chen-Sheng Luther
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Keywords: Adjunct phrases;C-command;Clausal comparatives;Comparative deletion;Comparative subdeletion;Degree comparison;Embedded standards;Individual comparison;Parallelism;Phrasal comparatives
Issue Date: 1-Sep-2011
Abstract: Chinese bi comparatives should be divided into two types: phrasal and clausal. In the former, the prepositional subordinator bi introduces as standard of comparison one syntactic constituent that does not involve comparative deletion; in the latter, however, a clause with more than one standard constituent is introduced and this clause obligatorily involves comparative deletion and a degree operator-variable binding relation in syntax. Among the conditions to which building a Chinese bi comparative is subject, two conditions interact to disallow comparative subdeletion: (A) the bi phrase occurs as an adjunct phrase adjoined to the left of the predicate of comparison and (B) the standard constituent must be minimally c-commanded by its corresponding main clause correlate. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
URI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.lingua.2011.07.002
ISSN: 0024-3841
DOI: 10.1016/j.lingua.2011.07.002
Journal: LINGUA
Volume: 121
Issue: 12
Begin Page: 1767
End Page: 1795
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