Thursday, August 7, 2003
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What gets my neighborhood excited
I have no doubt this will elicit groans from those under the age of 18. who over the next few years will be receiving this weighty tome as a bar/bat mitzvah, confirmation, or graduation gift. However, according to the Chicago Tribune, my neighborhood's reaction has been somewhat different:
I will admit to some eagerness as well, if for no other reason than to see how they handle citations of electronic texts.
For more on this, there's a nice Q&A tool from the press, and Gary Lutz has already written a critique of the new grammar section for Slate.posted by Dan on 08.07.03 at 11:18 AM
Yes, but what of those of us who had just purchased the 14th edition sometime within the last year?posted by: George on 08.07.03 at 11:18 AM [permalink]
At least it's better than the damned bluebook (the legal citation guide). They put out a new edition every other year, it seems.posted by: Andy on 08.07.03 at 11:18 AM [permalink]
I feel your pain George--I bought mine last September when I got into the publishing business. Previously, Turabian had been adequate.posted by: James Joyner on 08.07.03 at 11:18 AM [permalink]
this is an exemplar of why i love my school.
/nerd, unabashedposted by: patrick woods on 08.07.03 at 11:18 AM [permalink]
I think they've done a good job with website citations, but the citations of electronic databases still feel a bit clunky (do people still use things like ERIC thesedays?).posted by: Amanda on 08.07.03 at 11:18 AM [permalink]
Us aspiring linguists are taught to not be such big fans of the prescriptivism represented by such a Manual, and I confess... I have been brainwashed into thinking it an enemy of sorts, LOL. I, too, would really like to see what they have in there-- not as a basis for me or for others, but to see what the "elites" and "prescribers" are accepting and not accepting! :) Language is natural, as is style, but prescribing it seems a bit... oh... artificial and Royal Academy of [insert Romance Language here] to me.
Really guys, what's the big deal? :)posted by: Christian Waugh on 08.07.03 at 11:18 AM [permalink]
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