What it is?
Making a judgement about language, declaring features either good or bad, right or wrong.
E.g a Glottal stop would be viwewed as bad pronunciation
Saying bo'ule instead of bottle.
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Donald Mackinnon (prescriptivist)
He categorised attitudes to language use:
- See language as Right or wrong
- See language examples as pleasant or unpleasant (ugly)
- See some language examples socially acceptable or unacceptable
- See some language examples appropriate in their context and others unappropriate.
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