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Author Mondorf, Britta, 1963-

Title More support for more-support [electronic resource] : the role of processing constraints on the choice between synthetic and analytic comparative forms / Britta Mondorf.

Imprint Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., ©2009.

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Description 1 online resource (xi, 222 pages) : illustrations.
Series Studies in language variation ; v. 4
Studies in language variation ; v. 4.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
Contents Introduction -- Theoretical preliminaries -- Methodological preliminaries -- More-support in phonology -- More-support in morphology -- More-support in the lexicon -- More-support in syntax -- More-support in semantics -- More-support in pragmatics/iconicity -- The emergence of more-support in diachrony -- More-support in British and American English -- Conclusion -- Theoretical implications and outlook -- References.
Summary This book provides the most comprehensive account so far of novel and hitherto unexplained factors operative in the choice between synthetic (prouder) and analytic (more proud) comparatives. It argues that the underlying motivation in using the analytic variant is to mitigate processing demands - a compensatory strategy referred to as more -support. The analytic variant is claimed to be better suited to environments of increased processing complexity - presumably owing to its ability to facilitate early phrase structure recognition, the more transparent one-to-one relation between form and fu.
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Subject English language -- Comparison.
English language -- Adjective.
Comparison (Grammar)
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Mondorf, Britta, 1963- More support for more-support. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins Pub. Co., ©2009 9789027234841 (DLC) 2009014291 (OCoLC)317824679
ISBN 9789027289278 (electronic bk.)
9027289271 (electronic bk.)
9789027234841 (hb ; alk. paper)
9027234841 (hb ; alk. paper)