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Unformatted text preview: Haga clic para modificar el estilo de subtítulo del patrón 2/18/11 Class 5 Descriptive vs. Prescriptive rules, Ideology 2/18/11 Language is a biological/cognitive phenomenon. It develops and exists quite independently of human descriptions or prescriptions. The black cat is mine Det + Adj + N + V + Det [poss] – Descriptive rule Nobody tells English speakers that they must follow this structure, but they do. A descriptive rule attempts to capture what people do. In that sense, it’s really not a rule at all, but a representation of a structure. 2/18/11 Sometimes prescriptivism succeeds at changing the language. Double negatives are a case in point. They have been eradicated from the “rules” of speakers whose dialects are close to Standard English, yet they remain in use in African American English and other dialects. 2/18/11 • Prescriptive rules can be about word formation and word order, or about style....
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This note was uploaded on 02/17/2011 for the course ENGLISH 125 taught by Professor Decourcy during the Winter '09 term at University of Michigan.

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