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Are copyeditors prescriptivists? From patriotism to inclusive language

This post covers: Definitions of prescriptivism and prescriptivists Types of prescriptive language use Prescriptivism in Croatia Prescriptivism in English-language editing Conscious and inclusive language In today’s blog post I’ll cover different kinds of prescriptive language use. Let’s start by asking: What are prescriptivists? First, there is no firm consensus among linguists on this, so the …

Is using italics for non-English words exoticising?

This post discusses: certain common situations when italics are used issues in using italics for non-English words in fiction common reasons why cultural anthropologists italicise non-English words Editing and language change One of the most exciting things about working as an editor is observing language change firsthand. Language and society are closely linked. And many …