Marked and unmarked: A choice between unequals in semiotic structure

  title={Marked and unmarked: A choice between unequals in semiotic structure},
  author={Linda R. Waugh},
Markedness — the asymmetrical and hierarchical relationship between the two poles of any opposition — has been a central concept in both phonology and semantics (grammar) in linguistics since the 1930s, when it was first defined and utilized in a systematic way by Nikolaj Trubetzkoy and Roman Jakobson. Since that time it has found wide application both in linguistics and in other studies of semiotic systems, for example, Claude Levi-Strauss's work in anthropology. It has become increasingly… Expand

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