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13:56 Oct 20, 2006
German to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Linguistics
German term or phrase:Regelgrammatik
Kontext: "Sklavische Imitation und ängstliche Beachtung einer allein an Cicero und Caesar
orientierten Regelgrammatik war nicht seine Sache."
I had to search long and hard for this info, but it explains why I chose this translation: "The school grammar, which was discussed somewhat earlier, was not the only type of grammar in late antiquity. There was another genre of grammatical tracts which were known as ‘regulae’."
Here's the source: http://igitur-archive.library.uu.nl/student-theses/2006-0524-200331/laatsteversie.doc. My example sentence was misleading, too, I'm afraid. Sorry! But I had a gut-feeling that "prescriptive grammar" wasn't right (I'm a linguist, too.), especially after I found an article that mentioned "prescriptive rules" and "descriptive rules". So I just kept on hunting until I found the above site. Thanks for all your help! Barbara 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer