Thursday, January 10, 2013
Grammar is Social
Grammar: not (only?) a model as embedded someplace deep in your mind, but a part of the model of the world that you build (and that the world builds for you) as you move through life.
Grammar is learned and maintained along with your image of the world, the world you build. Yes indeedy, grammatical correctness is socially constructed. But in a globalized world the many forces acting on how that is constructed makes it very confusing indeed.
I'm starting to get why people find it necessary to critique linguistic nativism, but I'm not too concerned with it. It seems fine to say that we both are innately primed for language and that it's something we learn.
I'm really not a linguist.
Just listened to this On Being podcast with Jean Berko Gleason. V. interesting.