Section 1 explains why the non-naturalists cannot rely on basic descriptivist
or Fregean metasemantic accounts as a response to the previous challenges.
Vitriolic language appears in the descriptivist
camp, as well.
Some of these figures line up in the prescriptivist (or tradition-minded) and others in the descriptivist
(or change-accepting) trenches.
would we best characterize analytic or descriptivist
Garner declares himself "a prescriber who uses descriptivist
methods--in effect, a descriptive prescriber," which lends his observations a better-reasoned air than many on the subject.
It almost goes without saying that part of the conventional descriptivist
wisdom accepted by these neo-descripdvists is that their theory is able to solve the problems that motivated the rise of descriptivism at the start of the twentieth century: the problems of why true identity statements can be informative, how to analyze singular negative existentials, and why co-referring names can't always be interchanged salva veritate in propositional attitude reports (the Frege-Russell problems, for short).
Many writers, somewhere near the center between the polar descriptivist
and prescriptivist positions, acknowledge that prescriptivists have a job to do in passing on to future writers a form of the language that will continue to be intelligible and that descriptivists
have a job to do in recording all the forms of language that exist, along with their functionality.
In trying to find a balance between the Prescriptivists and Descriptivists
have replies to these criticisms.
As the entry under prescriptivism further makes plain, 'prescriptivists by and large regard innovation as dangerous or at any rate resistible; descriptivists
, whether with resignation or merely with a shrug of the shoulders, quickly identify new linguistic habits and record them .
, the research compromises are to be avoided.
Walsh, a copy editor at the Washington Post, notes when it comes to language and grammar interpretation there are prescriptivists and descriptivists
This paper's response to the modal argument exploits the Kripkean distinction between reference at a world and reference in a world, and can be accepted by metalinguistic descriptivists
and Millians alike.
First, error theorists are descriptivists
in moral semantics: they claim that in our standard use of moral language, we purport to predicate moral properties such as goodness or wrongness of acts, agents, etc.
These terms stuck and turned epithetic, and linguistic conservatives are now formally known as Prescriptivists and linguistic liberals as Descriptivists