coulda woulda shoulda

W Brewer brewerwa at GMAIL.COM
Fri Mar 1 16:45:21 UTC 2013

DAD wrote: <<<Yeah, well, I know it's not PC to talk about right or wrong
or does or doesn't belong, but I do believe in clarity of expression and in
order to have that, I think, we all need to play by the same rules. Or else
we all have to learn a whole bunch of different rules . . . I'm only
judgemental in terms of clarity being maintained.>>>
WB:  I like to discuss and describe non-standard language forms and usage,
but my metalanguage in so doing must be as punctiliously standard as I can
muster. As I get older, my negative emotive reactions have increased as I
come across language variance from my idiolect. And, as Bloomfield noted,
these reactions also need to be taken into account in describing language
use (Bloomfield’s Tertiary Response).

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