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(ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements prescribe appropriate attitudes and behavior

(linguistics) a doctrine supporting or promoting prescriptive linguistics

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Most people would assume that Samuel Johnson, given his famous peremptoriness, would be a prescriptivist.
And then one wonders why Oxford hired yet another linguist, and not a prescriptivist, to write the new introduction to this most-famous of all prescriptivist tracts.
Though by modern standards a purist and a prescriptivist, whose lexicography betrays unabashed ideological bias (initially anti-French and later, under Mussolini, anti-Communist and anti-Semitic), Panzini, in his linguistic choices and observations, was, as Serianni explains, inevitably conditioned by his social background and position.
The conflict that Garner avoids most impressively is the one between Prescriptivist and Descriptivist linguists, the so-called "Dictionary Wars" that have been raging since the sixties.
com profiles are a site where traditional Spanish prescriptivist language ideals are blissfully ignored and innovative, and where contemporary Puerto Rican netspeak is substituted for those conservative ideals.
Early Modern English saw negative concord disappear from the mainstream textual record (Nevalainen 1998; Kallel 2005), which may embody natural language change rather than prescriptivist pressure (Mazzon 1994).
It has to be noted that during the first independent Republic of Latvia (and moreover later during the Soviet period, as we shall see), there was a strong prescriptivist and purism-oriented approach in the language attitudes and study.
A prescriptivist would agree with an emotivist in that ethical statements do not have factual truth value but are attitudinal but would not agree with the emotivist that ethical statements should acceptable or not acceptable, but that an individual needs to control his or her emotions so that the individual can make principled judgments which can be universally applicable in making ethical decisions.
While not going as far as calling for an English Academy along the lines of the French Academy, he supports a more prescriptivist approach to language in light of the "language degradation" that results from the linguistic view of language and the difficulties it inflicts outside of the academy for professional writers and speakers, as well as for average citizens.
You don't need to tell us that they are being prescriptivist and elitist, or that they are essentially denying that English is a living, evolving language," according to the Crowleys.
In consequence, the view of law as embodying monist, centralist, positivist, and prescriptivist commitments can no longer be sustained except as a heuristic counterpoint.
There are other papers on the breadth and nature of quotations Johnson used to illustrate words, the Dictionary's political context, Johnson on the history and grammar of English, two essays arguing for and against Johnson's work as a prescriptivist compiler, the nature of the published Dictionary as an encyclopaedia, Johnson's knowledge and presentation of legal matters, hyphenated compounds, the typographical appearance of the finished work, Johnson's later abridgments (the versions known by most users), revisions of the text and the influence of collaborators and, finally, hidden quarto editions.
After alluding to different elements that may account for the stigmatization of this negative type, she shows that multiple negation in written English seems to grow less and less frequent than the time when it was censured by prescriptivist grammarians (Lowth, Campbell, Clarke, and Greenwood) and that very few occurrences appear in the eighteenth century.
A longstanding critic of the emotivist and prescriptivist theories that arose following twentieth-century analytic philosophy's linguistic tutu, Foot attacked reigning versions of noncognitivism according to which moral language and judgment made no meaningful claims about moral agents or their actions but were instead misleading expressions of a speaker's attitudes.
Does this "much wider stylistic range," potentially outside of the norms of prescriptivist grammatical and orthographic conventions, present a problem rather than an opportunity for language educators?