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    Descriptivists

    If you say your'e a descriptivist, do you use all the language that you could describe? I'd say probably not. However, where do you draw the line?


    Or do you say you're a descriptivist while in reality you're careful to adhere to all formal usage rules?

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    Re: Descriptivists

    Does adhering to all the "formal rules of usage" come naturally to anyone? I tend to doubt it.

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    Re: Descriptivists

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    Does adhering to all the "formal rules of usage" come naturally to anyone? I tend to doubt it.
    I doubt it, and what would be the point in doing so? There's a whole world of register out there. One should not limit oneself to only the formal rules.

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