Chapter 6. The left periphery of Spanish comparative correlatives
Spanish correlatives are argued to involve a predication relation articulated upon a null predicator head, both in correlatives with <i>tanto</i>... <i>cuanto</i>... ‘as... as...’ and in comparative correlatives with <i>cuanto más/menos</i>... (<i>tanto</i>) <i>más/menos</i>... ‘the more/less... the more/less ...’ . The predication relation guarantees that both the correlatum and the relative denote the same quantity, degree or amount. The left periphery position of the correlative sentence depends on the fronting of the correlatum into the main clause. It is proposed that the internal merge of the correlatum in FocusP allows the main clause to establish a predication relation with the correlative clause in an inverted predicate structure. Consequently, at least for comparative correlatives, the anchoring conditions of the subordinate clause in the left periphery are related to establishing a predication relation with the main clause.