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ERIC Number: ED041019
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 247
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An Investigation of the Semantics of English Sentences as a Proposed Basis for Language Curriculum Materials.
Shroyer, Thomas Gilmore
Assuming that hypothesized concepts of "case" and "semantic deep structure" reveal insights into the irregularities of cognitive semantic structures underlying the English language, this study attempted to probe the semantic structure of English to provide a foundation for language curriculum materials. Using the case grammar of Charles J. Fillmore as a point of departure, the investigation proceeded by developing questions which deal both with the forms and meanings of sentences and their parts, and the possible interrelationships between form and meaning. Other techniques used require the introspective determination of various sentence contexts, both real and linguistic, and a determination of possible environments in which particular lexical items may appear. To record these insights and to make them effective for future investigation and testing leads to the development of defined terms, a systematic representational device, and a method for sentence analysis less dependent on intuition. The final test involving poetry used explicitly only the previously defined terms since the use of the detailed procedures of sentence diagramming and analysis in the tas k of extensive critical reading must be only implicit. This implicitness illustrates how the reader-critic might analyze imaginative language under real conditions. (Author/JM)
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Note: Ph.D. Dissertation, The Ohio State University