Markedness Theory (Sound and Meaning: The Roman Jakobson by Edna Andrews

By Edna Andrews

Edna Andrews clarifies and extends the paintings of Roman Jakobson to increase a thought of invariants in language via distinguishing among basic and contextual which means in morphology and semantics. Markedness thought, as Jakobson conceived it, is a qualitative concept of oppositional binary family. Andrews indicates how markedness concept allows a linguist to exactly outline the systemically given oppositions and hierarchies represented by means of linguistic different types. additionally, she redefines the connection among Jakobsonian markedness idea and Peircean interpretants. even though essentially theoretical, the argument is illustrated with discussions approximately studying a moment language, the connection of linguistics to arithmetic (particularly set concept, algebra, topology, and data) of their mutual pursuit of invariance, and concerns concerning grammatical gender and their implications in different languages.

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