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Descriptive vs. Prescriptive

Grammar Presentation
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ginneth morrisey

on 22 April 2010

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Transcript of Descriptive vs. Prescriptive

Prescriptive vs. Descriptive Looks at the way a language is actually used by its speakers. Descriptive grammarias analyze the use of language and formulate rules about the structure. It does not deal with what is good or bad language use; forms and structures that might not be used by speakers of Standard English. It is a grammar based on the way a language actually is and not how some think it should be.
Dictates established set of rules about the structure of the language. Prescriptive grammarians state what is "wrong" and what is "right" in the use of language. Prescriptive grammarians make rules about how people ought to speak and write. They are not concerned about how people actually speak and write.

Form/Structure Meaning/Semantics Use/Pragmatics
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