John Ibberson, BA, MA (Calgary), DPhil (Oxford) is the author of The Language of Decision; An Essay in Prescriptivist
Ethical Theory (Macmillan, 1986) and Autonomous Reason; A Defense of Rationality Against Naturalistic Materialism (Studium Generate Press, 2017).
Sidgwick can probably be considered as prescriptivist
, as correctly
And we might read Greet's prescriptivist
linguistics, his interest in locating the "correct" American dialect, to be an extension of this politics.
(3.) I use the terms "prescriptivist
" and "descriptivist" only for the lack of better ones; see Nunberg (2011): "The distinction between "prescriptivism" and "descriptivism" is a twentieth-century invention, and an unfortunate one, I think, since it implies that this is a coherent philosophical controversy with antique roots.
Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade's "Communicative Competence and the Language of Eighteenth-century Letters" (24-45) makes a case for the study of an individual's communicative competence, or idiolect, here focused on the perhaps surprising example of the 'prescriptivist
' per se, Robert Lowth.
Nabokov is no moral prescriptivist
but a first-rate artist; as such, he shows with unerring fidelity the human and moral consequences of Humbert's actions.
Some of these figures line up in the prescriptivist
(or tradition-minded) and others in the descriptivist (or change-accepting) trenches.
In the inner-circle countries such as Canada, the US, and the UK, assessment in school settings has historically been focused on prescriptivist
academic language conventions.
The first is that of the prescriptivist
. This is an approach that calls for using rules to determine how language should and should not be used.
(8) It is worth noting that those consequentialists who follow Richard Hare's prescriptivist
derivation of ethics are committed to the view that anyone who utters the word 'ought' in a moral sense thereby commits him or herself to all of morality including all obligations flowing from consequentialism (Hare 1952).
(118) His tone mixes conversational writing with a hard, prescriptivist
message: There are normatively correct actions to take, and to choose not to take them indicates a weakness of character.
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.
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.
Likewise, it appears that MySpace.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.
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.