Date: Sat, 3 Dec 1994 22:14:03 -0600
From: "James C. Stalker" stalker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: "the" 101
An interesting question. A great many languages don't have articles. Do
we have evidence that articles are universal (so unmarked) and lack of
articles are non-universal (so marked)? The relevance here is that "the
496" (our local interstate bypass) is unmarked, but that "496" is marked.
496 is the more common designation here. I will not make strong claims
because I have not yet asked. I reckon I will.
Michigan State University
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