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ERIC Number: ED138110
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: N/A
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The Use of Marking Rules in Semantic Systems. Working Papers of the Language Behavior Research Laboratory, No. 26.
Geoghegan, William H.
This paper discusses the type of marking rule normally used in the production and interpretation of message forms for which semantic marking is possible. The structure and use of such rules is illustrated through a recent study of the semantics of personal address among the Balangingi' Samal, a Muslim group of the southern Philippines. The rule used as an example of marking rules in general is the "name-type" rule, or that used to select a type of name. This rule is described in terms of 7 outputs, 5 marking operators, and cues associated with marking operators. For a marking rule to be effective in communicating information, there must be some procedure for identifying the unmarked output each time the rule is applied, in both production and interpretation. Such procedures in the Samal address system carry context rather than content information. This distinction is important for understanding the structure and use of large-scale semantic systems. (AM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Rockville, MD.; California Univ., Berkeley. Inst. of International Studies.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Language and Behavior Research Lab.
Identifiers - Location: Philippines