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I'm interested to know of any discussion in the literature of constructions like (1) - (3):
(1) The bigger the dog, the harder to train
(2) The deeper a well is, the fresher its water
(3) The quieter the house, the more likely the baby is to sleep
If anyone knows of references, could you point me in their direction? In particular, I'm interested in any proposals regarding the syntactic structure of such expressions, but any information about a mention of this type of data would be helpful. Also, I am interested in discussion of this type of data in any language, but I am specifically interested (right now) in discussion of it in English or any other Germanic language.
I will post a summary of the responses. Thank you in advance!
University of Maryland, College Park
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