You're a better man than I am, Gunga Din! ("Gunga Din")
With all due respect, I can't agree with your diagram, Frank. The reason is this: "than" is a coordinating conjunction. What does it coordinate? Clauses.
[You're a better man] than [I am].
As 'than' links clauses, I would draw the conjunction line between the main verbs.
You may be right. Perhaps I was a bit hasty. But, isn't "than" rather a correlative conjunction linking "better" with an understood "good"? That is what I was thinking. "Than" by itself doesn't work as a conjunction. What do you think?
"good" is not understood by me. Conjunctions can connect words, phrases, clauses. If 'than' connect words, which two words are those? Phrases? Which? 'than' connects clauses, IMO.
You're a better man than I am (a good man), Gunga Din.
I think that the "than" connects the comparative morpheme of "better" with the understood "good".
It would be like "You are more intelligent than I am intelligent, Corum".
I can't come up with an argument to blow you out of water.
You SO remind me of Kondorosi!
It warms my heart.
I always liked the idea of reincarnation.