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The Lexicographer’s Dilemma–Recommended Books – Salon.com

October 27, 2009

I have posted about how plagiarism should be encountered as if college students have their own digital discourse community.  That is, instead of brow-beating them into the “educated class,” an instructor should enable them to navigate various social strata."The Lexicographer's Delimma"

It is with this idea in mind that I post the Salon.com’s review of The Lexicographer’s Dilemma (Recommended Books – Salon.com).

I make this link, in part, because the book’s premise is, surprise, much the same as my own–that Grammar Police should be shunned, that language and grammar are fluid and ever-changing, and that neologisms are a sign of a vibrant discourse, not an illegitimate one.

English teachers, tragically, threaten the very thing they hold dear when they surpress, deny or castigate irregularity in favor of conformity.  Instead, they should be encouraging boundless expression, coaching on navigating those situations where it is to the individual’s advantage to conform (no belching in church), and when to know the difference.

[I leave my soapbox now…]

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