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phillwee
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
I think a growing consensus is developing on the preposition issue. I have to read many psychology journal articles, which have many end of sentence prepositions. Maybe they should just be called "positions" and whoever is in charge of these things can declare that we don't have to feel bad about speaking and writing in a way that is comprehensible.

I think there has been a mutiny on the beginning-a-sentence-with-words-like-"and"-and-"but" front as well. While they've been at it, commas after words like "thus" and "therefore" seem to have been thrown out too. I find these errors in journal articles all the time and wonder if I was taught some archaic form of English grammar in my English classes in college.
phillwee
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:34 am (UTC)
The adjective at the end of the second sentence, before "prepositions", should read end-of-sentence. Oops.
phillwee
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:35 am (UTC)
...should read "end-of-sentence."
thedr9wningman
Feb. 26th, 2009 03:58 pm (UTC)
I find these errors in journal articles all the time and wonder if I was taught some archaic form of English grammar in my English classes in college

Not archaic... you were just taught English, unlike most others. Most people don't get English class because the classes aren't taught well and native speakers are too close to the language to understand it on a thinking level--it is all subconscious.

First language acquisition is fraught with confusion and misunderstandings, corrections of things that really wouldn't be corrected (like kids saying goed instead of went) otherwise.

Second language acquisition allows your conscious mind to interact with the language processors, which uncovers so much. In fact, I never would have studied linguistics without it.