ERIC Number: ED213049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Helping Students to Find the Proper Connective: Why the Difficulty.
Ching, Marvin K. L.
Teachers are often baffled by the inability of a number of basic writing students to use the proper connective to show relationship between sentences or phrases for coherence. Most frustrating is the teacher's inadequacy in giving definitions or explanations beyond the student's textbook descriptions of the connectives. However, a cursory examination of the linguistic literature concerning the semantic and syntactic uses of connectives often reveals subtle, intricate, and intriguing relationships among the meanings of a connective as well as interesting interrelationships among various connectives themselves. Teachers should also make use of the psycholinguistic information concerning the developmental principles in acquiring various connectives. Effective combining of sentences demands fuller knowledge of (1) the grammatical system of English, (2) the deletion rules to produce more economical sentences, and (3) the punctuation that can take the place of connectors. Clearly, current student handbooks, rhetoric texts, and sentence combining books could present much more thoroughly the semantic and syntactic operations of connectors. (HOD)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Connectives (Grammar)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (33rd, San Francisco, CA, March 18-20, 1982).