[Ads-l] Yale Grammatical Diversity Project - Slate

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Jun 29 23:11:15 UTC 2015

On Mon, Jun 29, 2015 at 6:38 PM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com>

> According to Zanuttini and Horn, the negative reactions many people have
> to, say, Appalachian varieties of English are not inherent reactions to
> grammar or word order but rather “personal judgments about the speakers
> who use them.” Often, such judgments are the result of recency or
> incorrectness illusions, the assumption that a nonstandard expression is
> nascent, when in fact it has been around for decades, or just wrong.

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