One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & nounPhilosophy
- ‘This doesn't show that the expression is not being used emotively in the second premise; a descriptivist can agree to that.’
- ‘And the one obvious answer, which is to defer to people who create dictionaries, who are linguistic professionals, runs into the fact that they're almost all descriptivists these days.’
- ‘It is clear that in rejecting the descriptivist assumption he rejects the conception of the mind as a domain of real ‘processes and states’ which it is the business of a scientific psychology to investigate and tell us about.’
- ‘Even if you have a good descriptivist argument to defend your using ‘hailed,’ the safer bet is to write ‘haled.’’
- ‘Though I'm a staunch descriptivist in linguistic matters, I can still bemoan some changes in the language - I just don't call them ‘wrong,’ once they happen.’
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