The grammar of comparison


This seminar will provide a comprehensive study of the syntax and semantics of comparative constructions and their relation to other aspects of the grammar, with an eye towards ultimately building a better understanding the principles underlying cross-linguistic variation in the expression of comparison. Topics to be discussed include (but will not necessarily be limited to): comparison, quantification and scope; comparison and negation/negative polarity; comparison, ellipsis and the phrasal/clausal distinction; superlatives; and the syntax/semantics of measurement.

Course requirements

Students who enroll in the course for credit will be required to turn in a research paper at the end of the quarter. You should consult with me on the topic by the end of the seventh week.