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Title: Grammar Matters
Subtitle: The Social Significance of How We Use Language
Written By: Jila Ghomeshi
URL: http://arbeiterring.com/books/detail/grammar-matters/
Series Title: Semaphore Series
Description:

It is hard to find someone who doesn’t have a pet peeve about language. The
act of bemoaning the decline of language has become something of a cottage
industry. High profile, self-appointed language police worry that new forms
of popular media are contributing to sloppiness, imprecision, and a general
disregard for the rules of grammar and speech. Within linguistics the term
“prescriptivism” is used to refer to the judgments that people make about
language based on the idea that some forms and uses of language are correct
and others incorrect. This book argues that prescriptivism is unfounded at
its very core, and explores why it is, nevertheless, such a popular
position. In doing so it addresses the politics of language: what
prescriptivist positions about language use reveal about power, authority,
and various social prejudices.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Arbeiter Ring Publishing (ARP)
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1894037448
ISBN-13: 9781894037440
Pages: 104
Prices: Canada $ 12.95