Language Prescription: Values, Ideologies and Identity

Language Prescription: Values, Ideologies and Identity

by Don Chapman, Jacob D. Rawlins

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This book is a detailed examination of social connections to language evaluation with a specific focus on the values associated with both prescriptivism and descriptivism. The chapters, written by authors from many different linguistic and national backgrounds, use a variety of approaches and methods to discuss values in linguistic prescriptivism. In particular, the chapters break down the traditional binary approaches that characterize prescriptive discourse to create a view of the complex phenomena associated with prescriptivism and the values of those who practice it. Most importantly, this volume continues serious academic conversations about prescriptivism and lays the foundation for continued exploration.

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ISBN-13: 9781788928397
Publisher: Channel View Publications
Publication date: 09/21/2020
Series: Multilingual Matters
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Don Chapman is an Associate Professor in the Linguistics Department at Brigham Young University, USA. His research focuses on the history of the English language, prescriptivism, and the intersection of those two topics.

Jacob D. Rawlins is an Assistant Professor in the Linguistics Department at Brigham Young University, USA. His research focuses on the editing and publishing profession, interactive data displays, and applied rhetorical theory.

Table of Contents


Jacob D. Rawlins and Don Chapman: Introduction

Part 1: Prescriptivism vs. Descriptivism: An Untenable Binary

Chapter 1. John E. Joseph: Is/Ought: Hume’s Guillotine, Linguistics, and Standards of Language

Chapter 2. Marla Perkins: Inferring Prescriptivism: Considerations Inspired by Hobongan and Minority Language Documentation

Chapter 3. Don Chapman: Are You a Descriptivist or a Prescriptivist? The Meaning of the Term Descriptivism and the Values of those Who Use it

Part 2: Prescriptivism vs. Linguistics: An Unnecessary Binary

Chapter 4. Lieselotte Anderwald: The Linguistic Value of Investigating Historical Prescriptivism

Chapter 5. Viktorija Kostadinova: Examining the Split Infinitive: Prescriptivism as a Constraint in Language Variation and Change

Chapter 6. Marten van der Meulen: Language Should be Pure and Grammatical: Values in Prescriptivism in the Netherlands 1917–2016

Chapter 7. Loreta Vaicekauskienė: Maintaining Power through Language Correction: A Case of L1 Education in Post-Soviet Lithuania

Part 3: Responding to Correctness: Personal Values and Identity

Chapter 8. Carmen Ebner: “Good Guys” vs “Bad Guys”: Constructing Linguistic Identities on the Basis of Usage Problems

Chapter 9. Alyssa A. Severin and Kate Burridge: What do “Little Aussie Sticklers” Value Most?

Chapter 10. Nola Stephens-Hecker: Grammar Next to Godliness: Prescriptivism and the Tower of Babel

Chapter 11. Kate Burridge: Linguistic Cleanliness is Next to Godliness—But Not for Conservative Anabaptists

Part 4: Judging Correctness: Practitioner Values and Variation

Chapter 12. Giuliana Russo: Fowler’s values: Ideology and a Dictionary of Modern English Usage (1926)

Chapter 13. Linda Pillière: US Copy-Editors, Style Guides, and Usage Guides and their Impact on British Novels

Chapter 14. Jonathon Owen: Practicing Prescriptivism: How Copyeditors Treat Prescriptive Rules


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