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On Thu, Mar 06, 2003 at 06:09:08PM +0000, Joe wrote:
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> Maybe Linguistics should be taught, but in a descriptivist sense, not a
> prescriptivist.  Maybe people should be taught to analyse their own
> language, not the language of the victorians.  And, incidentally, we
> learnt what a verb is, what a noun is, what a subject is, what the
> passive voice is, and so on in the primary school.

There is a very big difference between teaching one to analyse one's own
language, and throwing out the grammar book because the teacher is too
incompetent to use it.


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