The Logic of Markedness / Edition 1

The Logic of Markedness / Edition 1

by Edwin L. Battistella
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195103947

ISBN-13: 9780195103946

Pub. Date: 08/28/1996

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Theories of language espoused by linguists during much of this century have assumed that there is a hierarchy to the elements of language such that certain constructions, rules, and features are unmarked while others are marked; "play" for example, is unmarked or neutral, while "played" or "player" is marked. This opposition, referred

Overview

Theories of language espoused by linguists during much of this century have assumed that there is a hierarchy to the elements of language such that certain constructions, rules, and features are unmarked while others are marked; "play" for example, is unmarked or neutral, while "played" or "player" is marked. This opposition, referred to as markedness, is one of the concepts which both Chomskyan generative grammar and Jakobsonian structuralism appear to share, yet which each tradition has treated differently.

Battistella studies the historical development of the concept of markedness in the Prague School structuralism of Roman Jakobson, its importation into generative linguistics, and its subsequent development within Chomsky's "principles and parameters" framework. He traces how structuralist and generative linguistics have drawn on and expanded the notion of markedness, both as a means of characterizing linguistic constructs and as a theory of the innate language faculty.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195103946
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
08/28/1996
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.81(d)
Lexile:
1530L (what's this?)

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