He is not above imputing the motive behind prescriptivist
thought to fear, finding "a sense of life's encroaching chaos and myriad uncertainties" expressed in their outrage at the changes that language naturally undergoes.
William Safire, another prudent prescriptivist
, also belonged to Fowler's fifth group.
The outcome of this form of civic engagement is that the prescriptivist
either has a winning or losing agenda.
In so doing, a Foundations of Canadian Law course contests the prescriptivist
view that legal subjects are passive recipients of norms generated by some other agent.
In contrast to the flexible orthography and syntax in many CMC contexts, Crystal rightly points out that word processors and some e-mail clients "must surely influence our intuitions about the nature of our language" through the prescriptivist
grammar and spell-checkers they include (p.
Kells notes that she is "concerned by a gap in our literature [composition/rhetoric studies] that leaves unexamined the implications and consequences of the prescriptivist
practices of English studies among sociolinguistically marginalized student populations" (7).
Consonant with this orientation is a prescriptivist
tendency that privileges a standardized norm for the English language--that of the white majority:
I cannot prove this with any quotations from him but my suspicion about Lonergan's reserve, even virtual silence about human rights should be understood as his seeing them as another code of behavior born of a prescriptivist
, classicist mindset while trying to win acceptance in empirical, historically minded cultures.
Many writers, somewhere near the center between the polar descriptivist and prescriptivist
positions, acknowledge that prescriptivists
have a job to do in passing on to future writers a form of the language that will continue to be intelligible and that descriptivists have a job to do in recording all the forms of language that exist, along with their functionality.
They make an implicit normative judgment--a prescriptivist
judgment, in fact--that text, structure, or original intent ought to predominate in constitutional analysis.
The "not-formally-innovative-and-radical-enough" tendency is extremely problematic in that it reveals a highly prescriptivist
way of looking at literary texts and relies on shaky assumptions concerning language, fictions, and ideologies of gender.
This view of the intellectual's role in judgements of linguistic taste falls squarely within the sixteenth-century tradition of prescriptivist
writing, as traced admirably by Trudeau (1992).