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Equative constructions in world-wide perspective

Haspelmath, Martin; the Leipzig Equative Construction Team;
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  • Published: 20 Jun 2017
  • Publisher: Benjamins
In this paper, we report on a world-wide study of equative constructions (‘A is as big as B’) in a convenience sample of 119 languages. From earlier work, it has been known that European languages often have equative constructions based on adverbial relative pronouns that otherwise express degree or manner (‘how’, ‘as’), but we find that this type is rare outside Europe. We divide the constructions that we found into six primary types, four of which have closely corresponding types of comparative constructions (‘A is bigger than B’). An equative construction often consists of five components: a comparee (‘A’), a degree-marker (‘as’), a parameter (‘is big’), a st...
free text keywords: equative construction, comparative construction, word order correlation
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EC| FormGram
Form-frequency correspondences in grammar
  • Funder: European Commission (EC)
  • Project Code: 670985
  • Funding stream: H2020 | ERC | ERC-ADG
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