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|Subject:||what is emergence of the unmarked|
I was at a dinner party a few days ago and someone made
a joke with the emergence of the unmarked and everyone
laughed but as I am not a linguist, I didn't understand. I
tried to look it up on-line (on sites like Wikipedia) but it
was still over my head. Will you help me please?
I never heard of it, either, but I think context is key. The
unmarked case is the usual, the expected, the "easier" alternative.
Perhaps the person was trying to say "Hardly a surprise" or
"Someone made a big deal about the ordinary" using quasi-linguistic
terminology. See if that makes sense if you can remember how the
remark came up.
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