Grammar is not this binary thing,” says Jana Häussler, a linguist at the University of Wuppertal in Germany and one of the study’s authors. She adds that many of her colleagues still judge grammar using old binary models, when they should be coming up with systems that build in gradience—or the gray zone—as a possibility.
Submitted by Ashlie.
Linguists tend not to acknowledge the haze inherent in grammar rules. What implications does that have when we know that some rules are more brittle than others?