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The article focuses on comparative complementisers in comparative clauses expressing inequality in various languages, with particular attention paid to their role as lexicalising negative polarity. I argue that the relevant property follows from degree semantics, in that the comparative subclause encodes the inequality of the degree expressed by a matrix clausal element and the one expressed by the comparative operator. Just like ordinary negation, this has to be encoded overtly; however, as it does not constitute an instance of genuine clausal negation, the property cannot be encoded by an operator, and hence must be realised on a functional head, which is either the complementiser or a separate polarity head.

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  • Bacskai-Atkari, Julia . 2014b. Structural case and ambiguity in reduced comparative subclauses in English and German. Acta Linguistica Hungarica 61. 363378.

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  • Bacskai-Atkari, Julia . 2014c. The syntax of comparative constructions: Operators, ellipsis phenomena and functional left peripheries. Doctoral dissertation. Universitätsverlag Potsdam.

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