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The superlative complement

The superlative involves a comparison between two arguments which have received identical thematic roles from identical adjectives. Of the two arguments compared, one expresses the reference set for the comparison: this element can syntactically be termed the superlative complement. The other element is compared to the reference set, and it functions as the highest argument of the adjective. The superlative complement is expressed in a phrase introduced by the function word fan of:

Example 1

Wytze is it tûkst fan de feinten
Wytze is the smartest of the boys
Wytze is the smartest of the boys

The superlative complement is realised as a PP, and it is found in a restricted set of positions.


More details about the superlative complement can be found by following the corresponding links: