Comparing Comparatives

An Exploratory Study of the Acceptability of Double Comparatives in Danish and English


  • Peter Katballe-Kristensen Aarhus University



double comparative, degree phrases, adjective phrases, acceptability study


This article explores the acceptability of constructions with double comparative elements in Danish and English. First, a brief introduction to theoretical assumptions for adjective phrases and degree phrases is given. After this, the methodology and challenges of setting up an empirical study are laid out. The results of the acceptability study were that native speakers of Danish and English evaluated double comparative constructions as being rather unacceptable when compared with control sentences and standard comparative constructions.


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How to Cite

Katballe-Kristensen, P. (2024). Comparing Comparatives: An Exploratory Study of the Acceptability of Double Comparatives in Danish and English. Leviathan: Interdisciplinary Journal in English, (10), 80–96.