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  • Definition: In linguistics, the ability of native speakers to judge the well-formedness of particular kinds of sentences. With reference to vernacular dialects, judgment of well-formedness, or grammaticality, may be in opposition to judgments of social acceptability. For example, the sentence "Sometimes my ears be itching" is a well-formed, grammatical sentence as judged by native speaker intuitions but is socially unacceptable.

    Source: American English, second edition by Walt Wolfram and Natalie Schilling-Estes

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