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ERIC Number: ED025500
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1965-Nov
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Linguistics in the Elementary Grades.
Dawkins, John
Elementary English, v42 n7 p762-68,786 Nov 1965
When the science of linguistics is treated as a variety of ways for searching for truth and theory, rather than as a body of established theories, it can be taught successfully in the early grades. Some of the generalizations in linguistics (e.g., the articulatory description of differences between significant sounds, of the classification of parts of speech by form and function) do not hold true in every instance; nevertheless, the methods used by linguists to investigate problems are valuable and can be used with elementary students. For example, to work with the many problems of classification in language, children can be taught that the criteria for classifying items must be of the same order and tht the resulting classification scheme must be significant in some way. Examples of criteria which can be used advantageously are (1) numbers of syllables, (2) consonant-vowel groups, (3) spelling and sound relationships, and (4) parts of speech. By making such classifications, the children will learn not only methods of investigating problems and formulating theories but also a great deal about English grammar and the nature of language in general. (JS)
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