[Ads-l] ADJ + of = a + ADJ

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Jul 17 21:48:08 EDT 2018


> On Jul 17, 2018, at 8:29 PM, Cohen, Gerald Leonard <gcohen at MST.EDU> wrote:
> 
> The extension seems to be via blending of the two
> 
> constructions Jon mentioned:
> 
>  "reliable as an ally" + "as reliable of an ally as..."
> 
> G. Cohen

It’s close to the constructions Arnold has discussed here and on his blog, except for the lack of a degree modifier.  Many many hits of constructions like

“How reliable of an ally is Donald Trump?”
“Donald Trump isn’t that reliable of an ally.”
“Donald Trump is(n’t) very reliable of an ally.”

Or, for that matter, 

> "Does the European Union believe Donald Trump is all that reliable of an ally?"


Much rarer, I believe, without the degree modifier in the example below.  Arnold, do you have any of that kind, without an overt degree modifier?

LH
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> Message from: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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> Reporter on _All Things Considered_ (from memory 20 mins. later):
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> "Does the European Union believe Donald Trump is reliable of an ally?"
> 
> (It might mean "reliable *as* an ally," but I suspect it's been extended
> from constructions like "as reliable of an ally as...")
> 
> A slip of the tongue? Sure didn't sound like it.
> 
> JL
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