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.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements; 1. The Nature of Comparative Constructions 2. Comparative Constructions in Spanish 3. Comparative Constructions in French 4. Variation between Spanish and French Comparative Constructions and a Consideration of Other Romance Languages; References; Further Reading; Index