Prescriptivist vs. Descriptivist is a Battle of Straw Men

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Mark Allen

Updated to add clarity, restore missing transitions.

Posted on Tue, 03/04/2014 - 7:30pm

Different Values

Anonymous

Well said.

Like many good debates, the problem is the sides are starting from different values. Both sides value clarity (at their bests), but prescriptivists see clarity rising out of consistency and tradition. Descriptivists see clarity in natural language. But no one could possibly be a pure version.

Compare it to another debate like the environment. Liberals don't hate business and conservatives don't hate trees. And no one is purely on one side or the other.

The debate can't end because the values are too important, but at least we can understand each other better and not talk past one another.

Jeremy
http://stuartmillenglish.com

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