#4260. 言葉使いの正しさとは? --- ことばの正誤について[purism][register][dialect][language_change][prescriptivism]


 しかし,言語学的にいえば --- 記述主義的にいえば --- 言葉使いに「正誤」の問題は存在しない.「正しくない」とおぼしきケースがあったとしても,それは「正しくない」というよりは,むしろ「通じない」や「ふさわしくない」に近いことが多い.
 Hughes et al. (16) は言葉使いの "correctness" について,3種類を区別している.

   The first type is elements which are new to the language. Resistance to these by many speakers seems inevitable, but almost as inevitable, as long as these elements prove useful, is their eventual acceptance into the language. The learner needs to recognize these and understand them. It is interesting to note that resistance seems weakest to change in pronunciation. There are linguistic reasons for this but, in the case of the RP accent, the fact that innovation is introduced by the social elite must play a part.
   The second type is features of informal speech. This, we have argued, is a matter of style, not correctness. It is like wearing clothes. Most people reading this book will see nothing wrong in wearing a bikini, but such an outfit would seem a little out of place in an office (no more out of place, however, than a business suit would be for lying on the beach). In the same way, there are words one would not normally use when making a speech at a conference which would be perfectly acceptable in bed, and vice versa.
   The third type is features of regional speech. We have said little about correctness in relation to these, because we think that once they are recognized for what they are, and not thought debased or deviant forms of the prestige dialect or accent, the irrelevance of the notion of correctness will be obvious.

 第2のものは,語法そのものの正誤の問題というよりは,用いる場面を間違えてしまうという,register の観点からの「ふさわしさ」の問題といえば分かりやすいだろうか.ビキニを着ることそれ自体は問題ないが,会社で着るのは問題だ,という比喩がとても分かりやすい.

 ・ Hughes, Arthur, Peter Trudgill, and Dominic Watt. English Accents and Dialects: An Introduction to Social and Regional Varieties of English in the British Isles. 4th ed. London: Hodder Education, 2005.

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