Date: Sat, 3 Dec 1994 22:14:03 -0600 From: "James C. Stalker" 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 <> <><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><><> <21667cfm[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]>