descriptivism


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de·scrip·tiv·ism

 (dĭ-skrĭp′tə-vĭz′əm)
n.
The practice or application of descriptive linguistics, especially in the analysis of grammar.

de·scrip′tiv·ist adj. & n.

descriptivism

(dɪˈskrɪptɪˌvɪzəm)
n
(Philosophy) ethics the theory that moral utterances have a truth value. Compare prescriptivism, emotivism
deˈscriptiˌvist adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.descriptivism - (ethics) a doctrine holding that moral statements have a truth value
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
moral philosophy, ethics - the philosophical study of moral values and rules
2.descriptivism - (linguistics) a doctrine supporting or promoting descriptive linguistics
doctrine, ism, philosophical system, philosophy, school of thought - a belief (or system of beliefs) accepted as authoritative by some group or school
linguistics - the scientific study of language
Translations
descritivismo

descriptivism

[dɪsˈkrɪptɪvɪzəm] Ndescriptivismo m

descriptivism

n (Ling, Philos) → Deskriptivismus m
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But if you want a better handle on why people are so often violent or prone to acting like robots when marching under a flag, Sapolsky's descriptivism provides a sensible explanation for a nonsensical world.
The paper explains why Quine failed to see the importance of analyticity thus defined, and argues that Quine's views on language are deeply rooted in the American structuralist tradition in linguistics and that the resulting strict descriptivism and the strong emphasis on language change bring down the usefulness of analyticity.
that some endorse descriptivism but reject conceptual analysis as the
Let us begin from why non-naturalists cannot rely on simple versions of descriptivism.
Now, even though Kripke introduces his theory of reference in direct confrontation to views such as Russell's or Frege's, it is still possible to think of forms of descriptivism or conceptualism as a useful complement to the Kripkean program, that perhaps in some modified version could help in explaining the cognitive value of certain identity statements attending to the information previous to the discovery of their truth or falsehood.
When prescriptivism is grounded in utility rather than fact, in the realist sense, it is perfectly consistent with descriptivism, since descriptivism, alternatively, is grounded in fact much more straightforwardly.
His style is down-to-earth and lucid, and his evidence-based descriptivism is a beacon of common sense in a world of green-ink grammarians and self-appointed usage experts.
Prescriptivism and Descriptivism in the Treatment of Anglicisms in a Series of Bilingual Spanish-English Dictionaries.
Instead of mainly asking learners 'to select or write the correct response' (Wiggins 1990: 1) and narrowing the practice of assessment to quantification and descriptivism, as conventional assessment may suggest, the practice of self-assessment asks learners to make sense of their learning by considering the contributions their present studies can make to their life in change.
Through an interpretation that emphasizes the multiplicity of performativities and identities that cohere in Haemon, and the reception of his radical identity in the course of the tragedy, an alternative emerges that stresses ambiguity and anti-authoritarianism, instead of descriptivism and tyranny.
The Theoretical Views about Language and Language Learning in the Major Methodical Stages Historical moment Language focus Theory of language "Traditional" Written literature, Descriptivism, Port Royal, Saussure, translation structuralism Skinner Methods era Initially: speaking, Generative- Chomsky, Halliday, Van pronunciation, transformational Dijk, Piaget, Vigotsky accent; later: all grammar, skills sociolinguistics, psycholinguistics, text and discourse analysis, .
Priestley's and Lowth's grammars epitomized, respectively, the two main trends of grammatical tradition, namely descriptivism and prescriptivism.