prescriptive linguistics


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Related to prescriptive linguistics: descriptive linguistics, Prescriptive grammar
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Noun1.prescriptive linguistics - an account of how a language should be used instead of how it is actually used; a prescription for the `correct' phonology and morphology and syntax and semantics
linguistics - the scientific study of language
descriptive linguistics - a description (at a given point in time) of a language with respect to its phonology and morphology and syntax and semantics without value judgments