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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weiahe 3 years, 1 month ago
This is somewhat true to an extent. Grammar has changed as our culture changed, and new words add phrases are becoming acceptable
translucent 4 years ago
if this is taken to the extreme, there is no "language" anymore.

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