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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
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
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

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