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|English to French translations [Non-PRO]|
|English term or phrase: MARKEDNESS OPPOSITIONS|
|Domaine : linguistique|
In his description of a gender system, Greenberg exposes a "fundamental contrast" between animates and inanimates, humans and non-humans, and males and females. Due to the obligatory nature of the system, these contrasts create MARKEDNESS OPPOSITIONS: an asymmetrical and hierarchical relationship where one term in an opposition is viewed as containing a mark, and the other as not containing the same mark.
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