The Emergency of the Unmarked.We've got some phonologists readers out there; I want some good examples of how the emergency of the unmarked arises and gets resolved.
Film at 11.
Update 9:51 pm: Joe reports back that the speaker in question was John Scott, a grad student from Indiana who was speaking on Gothic and Sanskrit partial reduplication at the Germanic Linguistics Annual Conference at Penn State. Joe likes the idea of carefully defining the emergency of the unmarked and getting a place for it in the literature. (He also says that trout seasons starts this weekend out there ... maybe I shoulda gone with those Germanic linguists.)