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ERIC Number: ED040176
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 10
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Using Korzybski's Semantics to Teach English Composition.
Scott, Robert Ian
Journal of English Teaching Techniques, v2 n1 p1-9 Spr 1969
Students who are taught to understand and apply Korzybski's uses of semantics to their writing will learn to write more concretely. As students locate words and descriptions vertically on Korzybski's scale of abstraction levels, they will become able to perceive how meanings change when descriptions become either more general or specific, to differentiate between an idea and an example of an idea, and to discern patterns of abstraction levels in paragraphs and entire books. To make their writing more specifically useful, students should be encouraged to qualify isolated words with quantitative or identifying numbers and dates and to replace "is" with an active verb. By incorporating these writing aids, students will be reminded to constantly observe, question, and experiment with meanings and to express their own ideas in modestly specific and accurate sentences. (CK)
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Identifiers: Korzybski (Alfred)