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A comparative Noun Phrase (NP) is part of the Adjective Phrase (AP), although it may be separated from it. A comparative NP is obligatorily separated from an attributively used AP.

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The comparative complement is part of the AP, as shown by the following sentences:

Example 1

a. [Tûker as Wytze] is Rintsje net
smarter as Wytze is Rintsje not
Rintsje is not smarter as Wytze
b. [Like tûk as Wytze] is Rintsje net
as smart as Wytze is Rintsje not
Rintsje is not as smart as Wytze

The comparative complement cannot be left-adjacent to the adjective in an attributive construction:

Example 2

a. *In as Doutsen tûkere faam
a than Doutsen smarter girl
A smarter girl than Doutsen
b. *In as Doutsen like tûke faam
a than Doutsen as smart girl
An even smart girl as Doutsen

It cannot be right-adjacent to the adjective either, because the Head Final Filter requires adjectives to be adjacent to the NP which they modify:

Example 3

a. *In tûkere as Doutsen faam
a smarter than Doutsen girl
A smarter girl than Doutsen
b. *In like tûke as Doutsen faam
an as smart than Doutsen girl
A girl as smart as Doutsen

The only licit position for the comparative complement is to follow the NP:

Example 4

a. In tûkere faam as Doutsen
a smarter girl than Doutsen
A smarter girl than Doutsen
b. In like tûke faam as Doutsen
an as smart girl than Doutsen
A girl who is as smart as Doutsen

The comparative complement may only follow indefinite NPs. It cannot follow definite NPs:

Example 5

a. *De tûkere fammen as Doutsen
the smarter girls than Doutsen
The girls that are smarter than Doutsen
b. *Alle tûkere fammen as Doutsen
all the smarter girls than Doutsen
All the girls that are smarter than Doutsen

To express the intended semantics, a relative clause must be used:

Example 6

De / alle fammen dy't tûker as Doutsen binne
the all girls who smarter than Doutsen are
The / all the girls that are smarter than Doutsen
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