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Lane Alex Lane Aaron Shield LIN 312: Language in the Body 16 Oct. 2007 Discussion Notes #3 “Me and Julio down by the school yard.” You might recognize that as Paul Simon’s hit single from back in the 1970’s. It is not a doubt that it was an awesome hit and it’s catchy when you sing along with it, but grammatically it’s not right. How did he get away with such grammatically incorrect lyrics? My English teacher in my senior year of high school always brought that song up during grammar discussions; always talked about how wrong it was and that we shouldn’t speak that way. She was one of those kind – a prescriptivist. Prescriptivists are very conservative when it comes to language. Alex Rose states in his article that prescriptivists feel that a “certain allegiance to tradition is necessary – words must have specific definitions, syntax must be universally consistent, etc.” This syntactical tradition came from a Victorian age, when aristocrats ruled society. My teacher assigned us a play by
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