Date: Fri, 8 Sep 1995 10:33:48 EDT From: Arnold Zwicky Subject: DEG ADJ of a N in my work on exceptional degree modifiers - those, like HOW, SO, and TOO, that occur with a+N (HOW BIG A DOG) rather than the bare N (VERY BIG DOG) - i have had to say a bit about the variant with OF (HOW BIG OF A DOG), which is nonstandard but fairly widespread in the u.s. i do *not* need examples. but i would like to be sure that i haven't disregarded any literature on the subject. this is not easy to search for, given that the relevant crucial word is OF. does anyone know of published articles of any substance on the construction? arnold (zwicky[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]