Linguistics Research Ideas
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The research ideas below are organized (self-evidently, I hope) by language and tagged by lingustics-subfield grouping.
English users have to means by which they can create comparative NPs: using the comparative clitic -er or the comparative adjective more. In formal English (the English spoken by those with “more” education and who have higher socie-econimic status) it is considered incorrect to use both comparative modifiers simultaneously as in the example: The Tesla X3 is more better than the Ford Fiesta. There are also style rules (undoubtedly a product of historical/etymological affinities and plain frequent-means-correct effects) which limited “educated” speakes in their choice such that the incorrect example above is (in my view) even more likely than the sentence: The Tesla X3 is more good/nice than the Ford Fiesta. To be clear the “standard” English sentence would be The Tesla X3 is better than the Ford Fiesta.
However, it is certainly the case that children, speakers of certain American English dialects, and perhaps all users at some point will tend to produce double comparative construction suchs as more nicer, more slower, more dumber. I would like to answer two questions regarding this linguistic behavior: What sorts of modified nouns tend to trigger this sort of doubling -is there a semantic trend? To what degree does the presence of intervening words or clauses increase the chances of such a doubling to occur and do these present any semantic patterning?
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