Tag Archives: prescriptive rules

Resources: Ambiguous English Pronouns and Prescribed Reading

Many prescriptivists fear that the use of singular they  (as in, “A student should take their time when considering prescriptive rules.”) is incredibly problematic.  They are dissatisfied with the lack of plural agreement, though evidence suggests that the traditionally prescribed … Continue reading

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Resources: Passive Voice a la Geoffrey Pullum

A recent LingEducator post on passive voice provided a number of links to sites that offered help for those trying to learn to identify this verbal inflection.  LingEducator isn’t the only grammar blog with concerns about the way that passive voice … Continue reading

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Language News: Subject, Meet Verb – NYTimes.com

Phillip B. Corbett writes on grammar, usage, and style for the New York Times.  In this piece, he shows how even professional writers violate prescriptive rules on subject/verb agreement. Although his editorial advice is good, it’s worth noting that the … Continue reading

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Classroom Activities: Kinetic Typography of Stephen Fry’s Language

Stephen Fry (as featured in the previous post with House‘s Hugh Laurie) has eloquently written on the subject of language, and Matt Rogers has set Fry’s voice in motion through a process called Kinetic Typography. The mesmerizing combination of Fry’s … Continue reading

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