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Prescriptivists

Studies of prescriptivism

LinguistInvestigation
Honey Believed that the standards of the English language are falling, whereby language is evolving all of the time; the most noticeable of course are slang terms which means that young people speak in an entirely different way to the older generation
Queen's English Society Represented an autocratic movement and are prescriptive in their view of language and language change
Aitchison Hypothesised that language should be preserved intact but language has never been perfect and must continue to change in order to cope with changing social circumstances
Humphreys Predicted that text speak will destroy the English language
Swift, Lowth & Cawdey Contemplated that there is room for correcting, improving and ascertaining the English Language
Johnson Accredited that prescriptivist attitudes show up in the preface of the dictionary
Millroy Conceived that children can't speak or write properly anymore, resulting in the golden age of the English language
Truss Invented a zero tolerance approach towards language by creating the eats, shoots and leaves sentence
Crystal Concluded that language change is a natural process, accommodating new technology and social change, whereby it is like a tide; it brings in new words and taking out others in a progressive process
Rosen Wrote a letter arguing that the new grammar tests at KS2 level are problematic
Fry Understood that grammar is not necessary to celebrating the diversity and beauty of the English language
Pinker Argued that whilst it might upset some people language diversity and change are important for celebrating group identities and diversity
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