Linguistics and English Language
First Faculty Advisor
First Faculty Reader
Second Faculty Reader
prescriptive discourse, lists, rules, editors, writers, English
English prescriptive discourse generally shares language rules in the form of entries, many of which contain lists. However, while lists have recently caught the attention of scholars in several fields, not much if any research has been dedicated to the use of lists in prescriptive discourse. This thesis begins the exploration of the use of lists in prescriptive discourse by creating a taxonomy of lists found in prescriptive reference works such as usage guides and style guides. The study then discusses how characteristics of lists and of the categories featured in the taxonomy interact with prescription, opening the door for further investigation on the effects of list use on prescriptive discourse and those who use it.
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Westphal, Kelsie, "Prescriptive Lists: A Taxonomy of Lists Used in Prescriptive Discourse" (2022). Undergraduate Honors Theses. 269.