Language Change theories

Prescriptivism
Championing one variety of a language; considering some language forms as 'wrong'
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Descriptivism
Nonjudgemental; embracing change and creativity within language
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Jean Aitchinson's reasons for change (2)
Ease of articulation; social prestige and changes in society
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Jean Aitchinson (1996) thinks prescriptivists think... (3)
Damp Spoon Syndrome, Crumbling Castle View, Infectious Disease Assumption
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Opinions in 18th Century (2+3)
Age of prescriptivisms; fears: speed of change, lack of control, and writers' disregard for spelling and grammar
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Opinions in 20/21st Century (3)
Debates centred around social groups, political correctness, taboo language
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Nonjudgemental; embracing change and creativity within language

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Descriptivism

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Ease of articulation; social prestige and changes in society

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Damp Spoon Syndrome, Crumbling Castle View, Infectious Disease Assumption

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Card 5

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Age of prescriptivisms; fears: speed of change, lack of control, and writers' disregard for spelling and grammar

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