thelingspace:

When we’re studying language, which rules are the rules that matter? This week, The Ling Space takes a look at prescriptive and descriptive rules, and explains why the rules that tell you how you actually do something are more interesting and more scientific than the ones that tell you how you should do it.

Episode 3 is up! All about why linguistics care more about descriptive rules than prescriptive ones, and how to not get photons into your eyes. Well, maybe not that last part. 

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