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Discuss the differences and similarities between modern linguistics and traditional...

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julex | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 12, 2010 at 7:37 PM via web

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Discuss the differences and similarities between modern linguistics and traditional grammar

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bonarj | College Teacher | eNotes Newbie

Posted June 13, 2010 at 6:01 AM (Answer #1)

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I think you could summarise these two camps as prescriptive (traditional grammar) and descriptive (modern linguistics).  That is to say, traditional grammar was seen as a framework of 'correctness', whereas modern linguistics seeks, broadly, to describe and understand language and language use in practice.

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