Article published in:Phrasal and Clausal Architecture: Syntactic derivation and interpretation. In honor of Joseph E. Emonds
Edited by Simin Karimi, Vida Samiian and Wendy K. Wilkins
[Linguistik Aktuell/Linguistics Today 101] 2007
► pp. 206–220
Using description to teach (about) prescription
In the spirit of Emonds’ (1986) article, Grammatically Deviant Prestige Constructions, I propose a way to heighten students’ awareness of language by applying the tools of descriptive linguistic analysis to prescriptive grammatical rules. Students are then able tomake informed decisions about prestige usage (Emonds’ PU), and to critique (and undermine) the role of prestige usage in linguistic discrimination.
Published online: 21 February 2007