LINGUIST List 16.385
Tue Feb 08 2005
Disc: New: Re: Media: Study: Negative Words Dominate
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Re: Media: Study: Negative Words Dominate
Message 1: Re: Media: Study: Negative Words Dominate
From: Price Caldwell <tpc1yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Media: Study: Negative Words Dominate
Re: 16.344, Media: Study: Negative Words Dominate Language
I think any of you linguists could answer this article.
It's about markedness, isn't it? Negatives are marked;
positives are unmarked, and don't need specification.
In short, it's a linguistic phenomenon, not a psychological
one. It doesn't imply that human beings spend 87% of their
time indulging in negative emotions.
Professor of International Studies
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