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Autor:  Maria Valeska
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Data:  06/OUT/2003 8:09 PM
Assunto:  Re: A question to Maria Valeska
 
Mensagem:  Dear José Roberto, I've got a simple question, what is the role of normative grammar? Normative grammar intends to establish rules such as we speak this way and not that way, this way is wrong that one is right and so on. I don't like them because their rules are always full of exceptions. Language is a living, changing thing, and, as long communication is achieved, I think we can accept a lot of things too. To what extend can a grammar of any language be explained only by its descriptional usage? Have you ever read English Grammar by Givón? This is a functionalist grammar. It describes English and tries to explain its structure through its usage, It is amazing how a lot of things make sense when viewing English through this approach. But I think that they kind of get lost. Too much description. A little chaotic for me as I like things explained more objectively. I hope I have not made you sleep with my answer. The problem is I like the subject "language" very much. Have you read the book "O Instinto da Linguagem"(Language Instinct) by Steven Pinker? It is very very interesting!! Maria Valeska


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A question to Maria Valeska  –  José Roberto  06/OUT/2003, 1:09 PM
 Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  Maria Valeska  06/OUT/2003, 8:09 PM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  pat  06/OUT/2003, 9:00 PM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  Cibelle  07/OUT/2003, 12:23 AM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  pat  07/OUT/2003, 8:48 AM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  Maria Valeska  07/OUT/2003, 11:20 AM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  pat  07/OUT/2003, 1:39 PM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  Maria Valeska  08/OUT/2003, 11:08 AM
For Pat  –  José Roberto  09/OUT/2003, 12:50 AM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  José Roberto  09/OUT/2003, 12:40 AM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  Maria Valeska  09/OUT/2003, 2:44 PM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  mrobertson  09/OUT/2003, 7:38 PM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  José Roberto  09/OUT/2003, 11:20 PM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  mrobertson  10/OUT/2003, 12:32 AM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  José Roberto  10/OUT/2003, 12:47 AM
Re: A question to Maria Valeska  –  Maria Valeska  10/OUT/2003, 11:16 AM

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