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Comparatives are, simply put, constructions in which two entities (A and B) are evaluated along a given parameter (x), e.g., “A is more than/less than/equal to B in terms of x”. Typologically there is often an emphasis on the study of comparisons of inequality (“more than”), as seen in the seminal work on the topic by Stassen (1985). 

Comparative constructions in Sinitic show a great diversity of types and realizations. Comparative constructions of inequality are pa…

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Umberto ANSALDO, “Comparatives”, in: Encyclopedia of Chinese Language and Linguistics, General Editor Rint Sybesma. Consulted online on 29 February 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2210-7363_ecll_COM_00000096>
First published online: 2015

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