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English Adjectives of Comparison Lexical and Grammaticalized Uses by Tine Breban

English Adjectives of Comparison Lexical and Grammaticalized Uses by Tine Breban







The book is concerned with a largely unrecognized grammaticalization process: deictification, or the development from quality-attributing to deictically used adjectives in the English noun phrase. On the basis of the synchronic and diachronic corpus-study of six English adjectives of comparison, deictification is shown to involve unstudied variants of subjectification and decategorialization




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