descriptivism and tings init

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  • Created by: Chris
  • Created on: 18-04-12 18:00

What is it?

Describing linguistic features without making judgements. Just accepting language change for what it is nor good or bad

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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.)
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