a2 language change

Standardization - a process by which grammarians and prescriptivist attempted to structure and influence English usuage according to what they believed consitituted correct or incorrect usage of English.

Prescriptivism - favour rules that identify 'correct' language usuage. They dissaprove of uses of language that break these rules.

  • became firmly established in the 18th cent
  • books of grammar - Lowthe sought to define correct language usuage
  • 19th cent - language linked to morality and character - deviation as old standars are uncouth and

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