The words suggest their respective beliefs. Descriptivists, on the other hand, reject the idea of an authoritative right wrong when it comes to English usage. While Wallace considers himself a Snoot Prescriptivist, he acknowledges that the descritpivist method is more in sync with the professed liberal tendencies of a democratic society.
Commentary on "Authority and American Usage" posted Feb 24,4: This occasion does shape the essay, but does not constrain the choices Wallace makes. Usage of dictionary essay has a way of surpassing the occasion and going above expectation to comment on much larger political, social, and ideological issues while maintaining relevance.
Wallace's purposes coincide with the occasion. The larger issue Wallace is commenting on is shown in his first sentence: Basically, modern dictionaries are rooted in a political battle of liberalism versus conservatism, the linguistic liberals now known as Descriptivists and the conservatives known as Prescriptivists.
Wallace explains the ideologies of both—that Descriptivists wish to record language as it is actually used while Prescriptivists portray language as it ought to be used. Wallace describes Descriptivist thinking as faulty and illogical and the Prescriptivists' as elitist and arrogant.
Both sides, or camps, as Wallace refers to them, are lacking in one area—mindfulness of the rhetorical situation, and in turn, authority. Both assume their own authority without any effort to actually establish it. Wallace explains the challenge is not to be just accurate but also credible.
Both camps have failed to think about rhetorical situation, particularly their audiences.
There are also varying levels of diction and formality, along with social relations, feelings, and moods, which all come into play Garner is successful because he knows how to relate to his audience.
Consequently, Garner is objective and authoritative at the same time, a conundrum in the Usage Wars. The primary audience for this essay is the people who are curious about Garner's dictionary regardless of the reason. They may be Prescriptivist or Descriptivist lexicographers, or even someone who has seen the problem in the Usage Wars and would like to see it resolved.
Other audiences who would read this include college students such as myself who are studying the essay, those who take interest in lexicography, other essayists, or even those who enjoy Wallace. The author probably imagines his essay to be useful in that it is comprehensive in helping others understand the problem of the Usage Wars and how Garner has successfully transcended them.
This essay utilizes many strategies which are useful in the art of effective essay-writing. The first is the insertion of personality, which Wallace definitely shows—he is at times sarcastic, humorous, witty, and blunt, in other words, real.
Through the use of thorough explanation and argument, Wallace establishes not only Garner's credibility but his own.
Wallace uses rhetorical context to his advantage; for example, he foresees all the arguments the reader may come up with to refute his own, and presents them as openly and reasonably as possible. His essay seems to be a one-man debate which covers every spectrum of possibility.Essay definition is - an analytic or interpretative literary composition usually dealing with its subject from a limited or personal point of view.
How to use essay in a sentence. Synonym Discussion of essay. To 'essay' is a verb meaning 'to try, attempt, or undertake.' To 'assay' is to 'to test or evaluate.' 'Essay' also has the meaning referring to those short papers you had to write in school on various topics.
Kinds of dictionaries General-purpose dictionaries. whose Essay Towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language was published in and A Dictionary of Modern American Usage (; later editions published as Garner’s Modern American Usage), by Bryan A.
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Garner and published by Oxford University Press, is a usage dictionary and style guide (or 'prescriptive dictionary') for contemporary Modern English. r-bridal.com is the world’s leading online source for English definitions, synonyms, word origins, audio pronunciations, example sentences, slang phrases, idioms, word games, legal and medical terms, Word of the Day and more.