Comparative Constructions in Spanish and French Syntax
Author: Susan Price
This study, first published in 1990, presents a comprehensive description of the comparative constructions of Spanish and French, and shows that the apparently numerous differences in their syntactic realisations can be accounted for by general constraints on the expression of comparison. There is also a discussion of parallel constructions in other Romance languages, showing that these languages display a range of constructions equally compatible with the suggested pattern of possibilities resulting from the general constraints proposed. This title will be of interest to students of language and linguistics.
The nature of comparative constructions: Recent studies, The mental representation of comparison, Types of comparative constructions: of inequality and equality, Kinds of comparison: full and partial, Realization of comparison in Spanish, Realization of comparison in French, Focus of comparison, Marker of comparison.
Comparative constructions in Spanish: Expression of full comparison, Expression of partial comparison, The pleonastic or expletive negative, The clause introducers.
Comparative constructions in French: Expression offull comparison, Expression of partial comparison, Expletive ne, The clause introducer.
Variation between Spanish and French comparative constructions and a consideration of other Romance languages: Comparative constructions in Italian, Comparative constructions in Portuguese, Comparative constructions in Rumanian, Comparative constructions in Catalan, Comparative constructions in Galician, Friulan, Occitan, and Walloon.