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Saturday, March 03, 2007

checking ISV English

I'm continuing to check the ISV translation and the ISV team appreciates the input. So far I have checked all four gospels, Acts, Romans, 1 Cor., Philemon, Gen. 1-7, and I am now checking Titus.

A few days ago I put a new poll in the right margin of this blog. It has a black background. I designed the poll to assist me as I interact with the ISV team about some English grammar issues. So, even though the poll looks like it has nothing to do with Bible translation, it actually is quite relevant to some questions about the kind of English found in Bible versions, especially the ISV. So, if you haven't seen the poll yet or saw it but didn't vote yet, please do vote. It shouldn't take too much of your time. There are no right or wrong answers. Just respond according to how the different test sentences sound to you. There is even a new feature in this poll, where you can add comments if you wish.

Thanks.

2 Comments:

At Sat Mar 03, 01:59:00 PM, Blogger anonymous said...

There are no right or wrong answers.

From the point of view of prescriptive grammar, there most certainly are right and wrong answers!

 
At Sat Mar 03, 02:22:00 PM, Blogger Wayne Leman said...

From the point of view of prescriptive grammar, there most certainly are right and wrong answers!

So true! I was thinking from the viewpoint of a descriptive linguist. And even among us, we recognize that there are degrees of grammaticality. We recognize that some language forms cause negative social reactions from some people.

I do consider that there are norms for language usage. I don't believe that everything is relative. We taught our children to speak "proper" English. But we have observed that peer pressure has sometimes trumped what we taught them.

 

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