LINGUIST List 16.385

Tue Feb 08 2005

Disc: New: Re: Media: Study: Negative Words Dominate

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Message 1: Re: Media: Study: Negative Words Dominate

Date: 08-Feb-2005
From: Price Caldwell <tpc1yahoo.com>
Subject: Re: Media: Study: Negative Words Dominate


Re: 16.344, Media: Study: Negative Words Dominate Language
(http://linguistlist.org/issues/16/16-344.html)

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.

--Price Caldwell
Professor of International Studies
Meisei University
Tokyo, Japan
http://www.hinocatv.ne.jp/~price/


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