Accidental Pooping? May 19, 2014 12:15:17 GMT -8
Post by reghawaii on May 19, 2014 12:15:17 GMT -8
Greetings, I am eager to engage you in linguistic debate. It appears that you favor prescriptive grammar over descriptive grammar, an opinion I consider most ill-informed.
To start, I shall attempt to make it clear what I mean by prescriptive grammar as opposed to other types. A prescriptive grammar is a set of rules detailing how someone (whoever made those rules) thinks a language should be used, whereas a descriptive grammar is simply a codification of how a language is actually used by its speakers. In the context of this debate, descriptive grammar is an acceptable and less harmful alternative to prescriptive grammar; however, I should not be construed to be arguing expressly for it.
My argument is comprised of two stages: First, that prescriptive grammar is largely unnecessary in modern times, and second, that it is harmful to children, and especially to minorities. These conditions (assuming I fulfill my burden in demonstrating them) should be sufficient to make the case that prescriptive grammar does more harm than good.