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Is it okay that Ergative case be unmarked?

I found a language of Celebes island in Indonesia, its name is Mongondow (mog). It has a Phillipine's Alignment morphosyntactic which it has combination of Accusative and Ergative languages. The word ...
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What is the origin of the dominance of unmarked terms?

The definition of markedness, says that unmarked terms are dominant over marked terms. In this context, is dominance assumed to stem from biological or cultural constraints (like some sounds are ...
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Why do languages with extensive verb cross-referencing morphology require less overt marking for embedding than other languages do?

Conlanging is my hobby, and I would like to think more creatively about embedding. Since nature is always more inventive than any hobbyist can be, I've been reading about embedding in natural ...