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The role of processing constraints on the choice between synthetic and analytic comparative forms

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Britta Mondorf | Johannes Gutenberg-Universität, Mainz
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This book provides the most comprehensive account so far of novel and hitherto unexplained factors operative in the choice between synthetic (prouder) and analytic (more proud ) comparatives. It argues that the underlying motivation in using the analytic variant is to mitigate processing demands – a compensatory strategy referred to as more -support. The analytic variant is claimed to be better suited to environments of increased processing complexity – presumably owing to its ability to facilitate early phrase structure recognition, the more transparent one-to-one relation between form and function and possibly because the degree marker more can serve as a structural signal foreshadowing cognitive complexity. A bird’s eye view of 24 determinants reveals that the processing effort which triggers the analytic comparative emanates from structures that are phonologically, morphologically, syntactically, lexically, semantically or pragmatically complex. By bridging the gap between corpus-based variation research and psycholinguistic and typological approaches, the book breaks new ground in uncovering the functional motivation behind the continued variability of synthetic-analytic contrasts.
[Studies in Language Variation, 4] 2009.  xi, 222 pp.
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“This is a very thorough and thought-provoking study of the comparative alternation in English. A must-read for everybody interested in grammatical variation.”
“Britta Mondorf's book offers by far the most comprehensive account of the linguistic factors constraining the comparative alternation. [...] It is not only an important contribution to research on adjective comparison in English but also to research on grammatical variation in general.”
“Covering an impressive range of topics and novel system-internal determinants both from an empirical and a theoretical perspective, this book cannot fail to appeal to any professional and budding linguist interested in grammatical change and variation.”
“There is 'more' to this book than meets the eye. On the surface the book only deals with two different ways of expressing the comparative form in English [...]. The book aims to explore what factors are involved in the choice between these two. A much larger and a more profound aim is to find out how the choice relates to the way language is processed, and what role efficiency and processing complexity (or processing effort) play. [...] This study is highly valuable. It presents interesting empirical findings, and raises a new set of questions that deserve further research.”
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