[erg] The longer sunlight shines, the more energy it transfers.

Emily M. Bender ebender at uw.edu
Tue Mar 3 19:43:07 CET 2015

Hi Paul,

Your subject line sentence is an example of The Xer the Yer construction,
but your
examples 2-4 aren't, so there's at least two different things going on
here.  On
"The Xer the Yer" (which is far from trivial) see:

Charles J. Fillmore, Russell R. Lee-Goldman, and
Russell Rhodes. 2012. “The FrameNet
Constructicon” Boas, H.C. and Sag, I.A. (Eds.)
Sign-based Construction Grammar, CSLI


On Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 10:17 AM, Paul Haley <paul at haleyai.com> wrote:

>  Greetings,
> I've come across many dozens of sentences, such as the subject sentence
> (which is simplified from the original) which do not parse using the
> on-line Logon demo.
> Am I missing something obvious?  It looks like an easy sentence.   (If
> you're interested, I have scores.)
> Thanks,
> Paul
> P.S.  Here's a few others, FYI:
>    1. The greater the intensity of the sunlight, the more energy the
>    sunlight transfers to that place in a given time.
>     2. Molecules are spaced farthest apart in a gas.
>    3. The molecules of hot air are farther apart than the molecules of
>    cold air.
>    4. The molecules of cold water are closer together than the molecules
>    of hot water.
> --
> Paul Haley
> Automata, Inc.paul at haleyai.com
> (412) 716-6420 mobile

Emily M. Bender
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