Descriptivist

Entertainment / Literature / Descriptivist: A grammatical treatise or dictionary is said to be descriptivist if it has the goal of describing nonjudgmentally how a group of people tends to use language, rather than the goal of fashioning guidelines or 'rules' for grammar, spelling, and word use. Contrast with prescriptivist.

Prescriptivist

Entertainment / Literature / Prescriptivist: A grammatical treatise or a lexicon is said to be prescriptivist if it has the goal of fashioning guidelines or 'rules' for grammar, spelling, and word use, as opposed to describing unjudgmentally how MORE

Structural Grammar

Entertainment / Literature / Structural Grammar: Also called structuralism, this term refers to a descriptivist approach to grammar associated with mid-twentieth-century linguists such as Franz Boas, Edward Sapir, and Leonard Bloomfield. The purpose MORE

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