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ERIC Number: ED398753
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Pages: 13
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A Note on Pragmatic Markedness.
Murphy, M. Lynne
The value of markedness theory in constructing explanatory models of linguistic meaning is questioned, particularly the claim that a single relationship (marked vs. unmarked) accounts for all differences in asymmetrically paired terms. It is argued that because unmarked terms vary greatly in the distributions that identify them as unmarked, patterns of unmarked distribution should be considered on a case-by-case basis to gain insights into the causes of the distinctions between marked and unmarked. With reference to the gradable predicate, it is shown that markedness and unmarkedness follow from facts about the reference and use of these terms. It is proposed that a coherent discussion of asymmetrical distribution patterns will not be possible until the misunderstood categories,"marked and unmarked," are abandoned and better means of explanation are defined. Contains 14 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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