Why Do Experts Always Defend Language Mistakes

From Dr Geoff Lindsey.

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So often linguists seem to be defending language errors simply because they’re all ‘woke’. In this video we look at prescriptivism and descriptivism, standards, language ‘rules’, arbitrariness and the way emotions can control our thinking about language.
0:00 Quiz and introduction
1:50 Broad perspective & Ground News
3:30 Ferdinand de Saussure & arbitrariness
4:51 Standardness
6:13 Prescriptive & descriptive
6:44 Unconscious complexity
8:50 The value of standards
9:40 Language is rule-governed
11:10 Precedents
12:11 Covert and driving
13:16 Mistaken reanalysis
14:20 Emotion
16:17 Evidence against them
18:04 The power of association
22:56 Lingerie

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