Linguistic Anthropology

The study of language has been part of anthropology since the discipline started in the 1ate 1870s. This site is a place for linguistic anthropologists to post their work and discuss important events and trends in the field.

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Annoying Guardians of Language

A recent blog entry on language prescription.

Language Log: The history of linguistic annoyance
this 'I can innovate but you can't' attitude is typical of self-appointed guardians of the language
In reference to an earlier blog entry on those "self-appointed guardians of the language," then called "snoots."

The social dimensions of language ideology rearing up their "ugsome" head. Connecting with a recent discussion on clich├ęs in North American English.

The notion of social control through neologisms and language prescriptivism is always fascinating.