"Language -- which all human societies have in immense grammatical complexity -- is far more interesting than pedantry."
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2 July 2016
Wondering to what extent this article will be applauded or roundly abhorred by the professional ELA community.
Try this quote from the article while wearing a blood pressure cuff...
(referring to author Oliver Kamm)
"A recovering pedant himself, he now speaks for the boldest form of descriptivism, arguing that if humans use a word outside of its traditional meaning, the new, creative use is now valid, simply by virtue of having been used at all. So, “literally” can mean “figuratively,” and “irregardless” can mean “regardless.” Adverbs — probably the mostly hotly debated part of speech — are welcome in Kamm’s world, as are split infinitives and sentences that start with “and.”
Is your reaction to the previous quote influenced at all by this quote, also from author Oliver Kamm...
"... I think language tuition is better focused on the need to express yourself to the right audience. Linguists refer to “register” — the different styles and ranges of formality we adopt for particular audiences. That’s not all there is to effective writing and speaking but it’s not stressed enough in usage guides."
The essential understanding that one's audience ought to strongly influence the level of the "properness" of one's speech and writing does seem to be fading at a disturbing rate.
Yet, simultaneously, for example, the demonization of the term "political correctness;" too often code for old fashioned sexism, racism, xenophobia, and so many other forms of adamant ignorance all too common even at the highest levels of public discourse has become seriously worrisome.
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