mcmorgan + grammar   14

OED cites Language Log again: they
OED updates some senses of they, their. Commentary on how singular use of they has been used to conceal identity.
linguistics  gender  grammar 
october 2019 by mcmorgan
Editing wars at London Bridge Street
When procedures are offered up as irony, it's art.
strunknwhite  grammar 
january 2017 by mcmorgan
Fear and Loathing of the English Passive - Geoffrey Pullum
Pullum clarifies use of the passive in English. Makes one glad to be alive.
grammar  usage  syntax  strunknwhite 
july 2015 by mcmorgan
Human Resources and Thought Control – Lingua Franca - Geoffrey Pullum
Another strike at the gramma and umbrage gang. This time it's a matter of getting a focus: Don't try to change the language - change the damn HR policies.

"My point is that either it’s right to try to reshape people’s thinking by sculpting their phraseology or it isn’t. If it isn’t, then Orwell shouldn’t have been trying to manipulate our political perception through linguistic revision. But if it is, then HR people are not doing anything wrong by following Orwell’s example.

You can’t have it both ways: Thought control through word or phrase eradication... can’t be uncritically regarded as right when Orwell does it but automatically condemned as wrong when your employer does it. That’s begging the question."
grammar  standards  strunknwhite 
july 2015 by mcmorgan
Analyzing Sentence Construction, Other Structural Analyses
i love a how to. This one if for editors, and rhetorical critics. Yeah, maybe you can name The Parts of Speech, but what can you *do* with them?
ehret  editing  grammar 
september 2014 by mcmorgan
Are 'grammar Nazis' ruining the English language? - Telegraph
A light introduction to the focus of linguistics and the Language Log. Followed by 100s of inane comments. "Despite what many people think, the rules of a language – any language – are only defined by how people use that language. When you think about it, that has to be the case: the rules of English are different now from how they were in Milton’s time, let alone Chaucer’s, and no one has ever sat down and deliberately changed them; they’ve changed because the language has evolved, through changing use. Pullum’s job is determining what those rules are."
linguistics  grammar  prescriptivism 
march 2014 by mcmorgan
Language Log » School grammar, round two
Continuing loving it to death, our hero turns to implementation. English Depts are driven too much by literature and suffer from a lack of training in analytical methods so we might place the study of grammar elsewhere: "But at least in the U.S., my suggestion would be to turn away from English departments, and pursue a plan based on an alliance of linguists with people in computer science, psychology, statistics, medicine, law, sociology, business, etc., who increasingly see linguistic analysis (e.g. in the form of "text mining" or "text analytics") as an interesting object of study in itself, and as a means to enable research on other (applied or fundamental) topics. This alliance — which eventually might even include some people from Digital Humanities — is a plausible basis for college-level courses in "grammar" as practical text analysis." With this, we need a change in marketing The English Major, away from Book Club and towards theory in practice (aka analytic methods, study of text, NLP). It'll take a generation,
DH  linguistics  grammar 
december 2013 by mcmorgan
A Man, A Plan And A Sharpie: 'The Great Typo Hunt' : NPR
Local boy plays Lynn Truss, gets on NPR. The problem with signage fascists is that you can never tell if they are being good-natured, or just dim and nasty. All that talk about writing wrongs and whiting-out sin and evil might be posing and bluster. This typo-boy is polite, at any rate.
strunknwhite  fyc  grammar 
august 2010 by mcmorgan
Language Log: "Everything is correct" versus "nothing is relevant"
the term correctness conditions for whatever are the actual conditions on your expressions that make them the expressions of your language — and likewise for anyone else's language .[...] The expressions of your language are the ones that comply with al
linguistics  prescriptivism  grammar 
august 2006 by mcmorgan
Language Log: More timewasting garbage, another copy-editing moron
Accurate critique-as-rant on copy editors trying to rest their stylistic declarations on correctness.
copyediting  writing  grammar  fyc  styleguide  stylesheet 
august 2006 by mcmorgan

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