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Unformatted text preview: dialect area. This describes the behavior of Jack Greenberg, a 58-year-old builder raised in West Philadelphia. His introspective reactions were so convincing that we felt at first that we had to accept them as valid descriptions of his grammar. Yet two weeks later, he was overheard to say to a plumber, “Do you know what’s a lousy show anymore? Johnny Carson.” (Labov, What is a Linguistic Fact (1975), pp. 34-5) So for linguistics we have to choose between people’s beliefs about what is grammatical, and their actual linguistic behavior. For ethics there are even more possibilities: what you judge is right under imaginary conditions; what you judge that you would do under imaginary conditions; what you judge is right under real conditions; what you judge that you will do under real conditions; what you actually do under real conditions;...
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This note was uploaded on 11/14/2011 for the course PSY PSY2012 taught by Professor Scheff during the Fall '09 term at Broward College.
- Fall '09