What are the arguments that prescriptive and descriptive linguistists use to justify their positions?
RonBee said:How can a descriptivist ESL teacher teach that one thing is better than another? If a student wants to learn what the rules are, what does he tell that student--that there are no rules?
"If I were you" = 113,000
"If I was you" = 18,900
I was referring to the second conditional use, where prescriptivists often favout the use of the past subjunctive:Will said:Then why did tdol say 'If I was' was regarded as wrong by prescriptivists.
P.S.: In all likelyhood, if you went to the movie theater, you saw a movie.
RonBee said:For example, I daresay that nobody would say that "Me rode the bus" is correct English.
Will said:In regard to the language used by gangstas and rappers, I think what you're looking for is ebonics. It's completely incomprehnesaible, yet I hear it all the time. I don't think that ebonics, even with descriptivists, can be taken seriously.
Center for Applied Linguistics said:a. The variety known as "Ebonics," "African American Vernacular English" (AAVE), and "Vernacular Black English" and by other names is systematic and rule-governed like all natural speech varieties. In fact, all human linguistic systems--spoken, signed, and written--are fundamentally regular. The systematic and expressive nature of the grammar and pronunciation patterns of the African American vernacular has been established by numerous scientific studies over the past thirty years.Characterizations of Ebonics as "slang," "mutant,""lazy," "defective," "ungrammatical," or"broken English" are incorrect and demeaning.