Work Papers of the Summer Institute of Linguistics, University of North Dakota Session




From the introduction: "The work which led to this paper was provoked by the publication of two sharply divergent approaches to the English comparative construction, one by Robert B. Lees, the other by Carlota S. Smith. Since each of these approaches represents the work of a competent linguist who heartily rejects the possibility that there might ultimately be more than one correct analysis of the English comparative, it appeared to be of some interest to review and evaluate these two rival views. It soon became apparent, however, that neither of these views was entirely adequate. This paper accordingly represents an attempt to point out certain shortcomings in each of these two analyses and to propose and motivate a third alternative."

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