Rules (of language)

Rules can be understood as ‘regulations’, which mandate correct, authorised, acceptable behaviours. In this sense, rules are external to those who abide by them, prescriptions of certain forms of a monolithic system as the ‘correct’ ones. 

Rules can also be understood as the ‘regularities’ which emerge from language use: actual patterns of knowledge which get mentally represented as a function of the personal histories of individuals, underpinning what they say, write or sign through experience rather than obligation.

« Back to Glossary