African American Prescriptivism

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Prescriptivism is an unchanging and even archaic view of language. Prescriptivist hold onto old rules of language and reject change. Descriptivist are the opposite; they view language as fluid and changing and believe structures of language change as the vernacular changes. This relates to cultural linguistics because people of marked groups may have a way of speaking other than the way of the unmarked group in a larger culture; although their speech may have its own grammar and rules, it may still be rejected as legitimate by prescriptivists. An example of this phenomenon is African-American Vernacular English being viewed as slang rather than a dialect by american
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