Objective analysis and description of actual language usage

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Contingent grammaticality

(I'm not sure about the title, but it's the best I can come up with). On ELU somebody has asked this question about which form of the verb "to be" to use in the frame She gives a blanket to me ...
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Are there people who intentionally refuse to use some words even if the majority does it?

Suppose one person does not like one word or expression. He would have to use it though, so then he chooses a substitute. The majority of the people however use that word. Now, since one meaning of ...
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Does anyone criticize descriptivism as heavily as prescriptivism?

This question concerns the reasons why prescriptivism is criticized. I know of these criticisms because I hold them myself. However, I have a question about the opposite side, and that is, do any ...
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What sort of criteria are used to deem a language description complete?

I'm not a field linguist but my hobby overlaps with it, particularly the descriptive part. At the far ends, with remnant langauges (Virginian Algonquin) and well studied mega-lingua francas like ...
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Will use of descriptive grammar ever overtake use of prescriptive grammar?

We all know that language changes over time and that what is "correct" in a language is how people actually use language, yet there are still many people who adhere strictly to prescriptive grammar. ...
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Are /w/ and /j/ considered to be consonants?

I've heard [w] and [j] are glides and that glides are not considered to be consonants. I've also seen voiced labiovelar approximant [w] and palatal approximant [j] on the IPA consonant chart. ...