What is it?
Describing linguistic features without making judgements. Just accepting language change for what it is nor good or bad
Jean Aitchinson (prescriptivist)
Aitchinson said prescriptivists fall under 3 categories:
Prescriptivists think one of the following is happening to language
- CRUMBLING CASTLE VIEW - Language is erroding from something great to something not as good
- INFECTIOUS DISEASE VIEW - Poor language is catching on like a pleague/disease
- DAMP SPOON VIEW - Language is declining due to lazy people, not speaking or writing properly (comparing it to when people use the same spoon to stir their tea with and add sugar with.)