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Title: Re: Media: Study: Negative Words Dominate
Submitter: Price Caldwell
Description: 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.

--Price Caldwell
Professor of International Studies
Meisei University
Tokyo, Japan
Date Posted: 08-Feb-2005
Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Cognitive Science
LL Issue: 16.385
Posted: 08-Feb-2005

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