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By: David

Fri, 27 Jul 2007 17:06:30 +0000

Yes, the two concepts can be complementary, but it's common for people to think of them as mutually exclusive ideas, with hardcore linguists in one camp saying we should *only* describe how a majority population uses language, and grammarians or traditional language teachers in the other camp saying it's right to try to correct "wrong" usage and keep the language pure. But I am with you, that the two ideas are complementary. On one hand, language is living and changes, and we have to accept that, but on the other hand I think it's right to correct people who don't use language correctly, *especially* if they haven't finished learning the language completely.

By: Miss Profe

Fri, 27 Jul 2007 10:45:31 +0000

This is new to me. I clicked on the links, and read them. Very insightful. I like the perspective of seeing the two concepts as complimenting each other. That perspective makes more sense to me.

By: Is agreement in number between pronouns and the nouns they represent disappearing from Spanish?

Thu, 26 Jul 2007 22:39:10 +0000

[...] a large group of native speakers use the language [confirmation needed], then who am I to get all prescriptivist and tell them it should be [...]

By: David

Wed, 25 Jul 2007 20:26:25 +0000

Yes, I was going for the humor angle... :)

By: Danny

Mon, 23 Jul 2007 17:19:36 +0000

A baby who is just learning to talk is not representative of the speech community as a whole, but I still appreciate the humour.