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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Things We Say Wrong ~ Video+

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In linguistics, grammar is the set of structural rules that govern the composition of clauses, phrases, and words in any given natural language. The term refers also to the study of such rules, and this field includes morphology, syntax, and phonology, often complemented by phonetics, semantics, and pragmatics.

The term grammar is often used by non-linguists with a very broad meaning indeed; as Jeremy Butterfield puts it: “Grammar is often a generic way of referring to any aspect of English that people object to.” ~ [1] However, linguists use it in a much more specific sense. Every speaker of a language has, in his or her head, a set of rules ~ [2] for using that language. This is a grammar, and – at least in the case of one’s native language – the vast majority of the information in it is acquired not by conscious study or instruction, but by observing other speakers; much of this work is done during infancy. Language learning later in life, of course, may involve a greater degree of explicit instruction. ~ Wikipedia

After one viewer watched this video they said, “Good job on creating buzz with this video. Few things stir people up as much as religion, politics, and language. But, to all grammar police: Grammar is the study of the way a language is used and it is a description of that structure. It is not a prescription for the way language should or must be used. So, if everyone else is doing something, and you are not, no matter how much you think you are being grammatically correct, you are more wrong than them. And, that’s what you ought to know.” Larry’s Note: 😉

Larry’s Note #2: A special “Thank you!” to “I Correct Your Grammar Because I Love You” on Facebook for calling the above video to my attention.

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