The Syntax of Natural Language - Beatrice Santorini and Anthony Kroch

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Rules of prescriptive grammar make statements about how people ought to use language. In contrast, rules of descriptive grammar have the status of scientific observations, and they are intended as insightful generalizations about the way that speakers use language in fact, rather than about the way that they ought to use it.

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translucent 4 months, 1 week ago
if this is taken to the extreme, there is no "language" anymore.

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