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|Title:||Two Notes on the Chinese bi Comparatives|
Chen-Sheng Luther Liu
Department of English, NTNU
|Abstract:||Instead of jumping into the debate on whether the Chinese bi comparative is a clausal or a phrasal comparative, I argue for the following two points concerning this construction. First, the marker bi is not a degree word; instead, it functions to introduce the standard and forms a pair of correlative words with a degree adverb with the meaning of comparison. Second, the standard introduced by bi cannot be elements that can be modified by a degree adverb; otherwise, a conflict between two dimensions of comparison will occur.|
|Appears in Collections:||同心圓：語言學研究|
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