Comparisons of similarity and difference

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The present paper proposes an analysis of comparisons of similarity and difference in English involving <i>different</i>, same and <i>like</i>. First, I examine the relationship between comparisons involving <i>different, same</i> and <i>like</i> and scalar comparisons exemplified by <i>I am taller now than I used to be</i>. Since both constructions differ only on a few points, I conclude that comparisons of similarity and difference should be analyzed as a subclass of comparative constructions. The second part of the paper analyzes the scope of comparisons of similarity and difference: I argue that these comparisons are best analyzed as comparisons between sets of properties.


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