Blogs & Popular Media
The Grammar Rules of 3 Commonly Disparaged Dialects
Article by Arika Okrent describing the systematic nature of a-prefixing in Appalachian English, "liketa" in Southern English, and stressed "bin" in African American English.
The Dialect Blog
A wonderful set of blog posts about dialect and accent variation in Britain, Ireland, and America. Not updated recently, but a rich trove of past posts to mine for information.
Fostering Convention Awareness in Students: Eschewing a rules-based view of language
Blog by Paul Thomas, Furman University. Lots of resources about critical pedagogy. The linked post addresses descriptive and prescriptive grammar very productively.
The "ax" versus "ask" question
LA Times article by linguist John McWhorter describing the origin of the two pronunciations of "ask," and explaining why both are linguistically correct, yet socially unequal.
Dude, Guëy, Brah: Taking a stance
The Leaky Grammar blog has a variety of resources directed toward a linguistically inclined audience. The linked post could be a fun one to use with students.
Steven Pinker: 10 'grammar rules' it's OK to break (sometimes)
Article from The Guardian advocating clarity of ideas over "superstitious" grammar 'rules.'
East L.A. speaks from its heart
2011 article in the LA Times abut Chicano English. By Hector Becerra, citing Carmen Fought.
They and the Gender-Neutral Pronoun Dilemma
From the blog Arrant Pedantry by linguist Jonathon Owen, one of a variety of posts that take up descriptive vs. prescriptive grammar and questions of modern language usage.
50-Years of Stupid Grammar Advice
Geoffrey Pullman's critique of Strunk and White's Elements of Style in The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Blogs and Resources
A post from Arnold Zwicky's Blog: A Blog Mostly About Language. A ridiculously long list of blogs about language. Yikes!