Original scientific paper
Unmerging analytic comparatives
APA 6th Edition
De Clercq, K. & Vanden Wyngaerd, G. (2018). Unmerging analytic comparatives. Jezikoslovlje, 19. (3.), 341-363. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/213797
MLA 8th Edition
De Clercq, Karen and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd. "Unmerging analytic comparatives." Jezikoslovlje, vol. 19., no. 3., 2018, pp. 341-363. https://hrcak.srce.hr/213797. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.
Chicago 17th Edition
De Clercq, Karen and Guido Vanden Wyngaerd. "Unmerging analytic comparatives." Jezikoslovlje 19., no. 3. (2018): 341-363. https://hrcak.srce.hr/213797
De Clercq, K., and Vanden Wyngaerd, G. (2018). 'Unmerging analytic comparatives', Jezikoslovlje, 19.(3.), pp. 341-363. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/213797 (Accessed 27 June 2022)
De Clercq K, Vanden Wyngaerd G. Unmerging analytic comparatives. Jezikoslovlje [Internet]. 2018 [cited 2022 June 27];19.(3.):341-363. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/213797
K. De Clercq and G. Vanden Wyngaerd, "Unmerging analytic comparatives", Jezikoslovlje, vol.19., no. 3., pp. 341-363, 2018. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/213797. [Accessed: 27 June 2022]
We look at the internal structure of the English analytic comparative marker more, arguing that it spells out nearly all the features of a gradable adjective. When this marker is merged with an adjective in the positive degree, it creates a situation of feature recursion or overlap, where more duplicates certain features that are also present in the adjective that it modifies. We argue that such overlap must be disallowed as a matter of principle. We present an empirical argument in favour of such a restriction, which is based on the generalization that comparative markers which occur to the left of the adjectival root are incompatible with suppletion. This generalization can be shown to follow from a restriction against overlapping derivations. In order to achieve such nonoverlapping derivations, an Unmerge operation may remove previously created structure.
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