Prescriptivism and tings init

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  • Created by: Chris
  • Created on: 18-04-12 17:46

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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