Though expressing the descriptivists' view, Gordis (2012) suggested a fitting depiction of this position: "Why do prescriptivists
so fervently support such silly rules?
Usually it is the prescriptivists
who grow moralistic about language, but Henry Hitchings frequently takes out his own moral trumpet in The Language Wars in the hope of blowing away the strict prescriptions he contemns.
HENRY WATSON Fowler's Dictionary of Modern English Usage is an unabashedly prescriptivist
tome, which is to say that it doesn't waffle in describing the right way, and the wrong way, to use English words.
The people who believe so are known as prescriptivists
: those who want us to obey prescribed rules of grammar.
John Simon, a New York theater critic and author of Paradigms Lost (and, ironically, Yugoslavian by birth), represents the "prescriptivists
," those who believe that there is one proper way to do things linguistically and that modern-day English is "going to the dogs." In the other corner is Jesse Sheidlower, an editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, champion of the "descriptivist" school of thought, which holds that change is natural and even beneficial.
Though numerous features of Internet communication have the propensity to drive language prescriptivists
mad with rage, and certainly most everyone has been the producer of an utterance that upon rereading makes us cringe, people adapt language to meet new needs, new situations, and new modalities.
Chapter 3 ("Finding and identity") deals with the difference between people's attitudes toward language, particularly prescriptivists
' attitudes, and what they expect to find and what they actually do find in the Internet in terms of language.
" and "descriptivists" have sometimes taken polarized positions (Finegan, 1980).
, for example, argue that ethical judgments are "disguised" imperatives, and they are therefore in a position to contrast the factual (the descriptive) with the normative (the prescriptive).
In trying to find a balance between the Prescriptivists
First, it supplies an important prescriptive rationale for the idea that no theory should acquire supervening importance; because judges lack complete information on outcomes and consequences,(122) a "general approach to constitutional law," whether methodological or substantive, is unlikely to command enduring relevance or success.(123) Second, Sunstein's construct recognizes important limits to the theoretical ambition of the substantive prescriptivists
, who have had an implicit tendency to see the Supreme Court as the summum bonum in American life and government.(124) Lower-level reasoning, like the "insistently analogical ...
Not only are the questions Redgate purports to answer transparently bogus, but the tone in which he answers them is, to those of us whom he would call "prescriptivists
," like fingernails on the chalk board.
And many 'errors' unwittingly made by adults and children show the apparently inexorable tendency for a language to become more 'regular' - thwarted by the conscious intervention of parents and prescriptivists
Epistemological ethical intuitionism holds that at least some moral convictions are beliefs, literally true, and known to be such by their self-evidence.(4) Those who think moral convictions are not really beliefs but instead sentiments or commitments (emotivists, prescriptivists
) reject epistemological ethical intuitionism.
In moral philosophy the variety of doctrines espoused by analytic philosophers is equally great: there arc the classical emotivists, the prescriptivists
and the cognitivists.