ERIC Number: ED230027
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Preposition-Usage from a Notional Perspective.
Ruffin, Patrick S. J.
Prepositions are usually presented as prepositions of time or place, and prepositions associated with certain verbs and adjectives. However, this type of presentation overlooks the bases for preposition usage and in turn fails to convey those bases to learners. An alternative approach to the analysis of prepositions from a notional perspective is offered based on the following circumstances of preposition usage: (1) an utterance/sentence-level notion; (2) a notion underlying the expression of two separate but related utterances/sentences, which is brought to the surface upon their combination; (3) a rhetorical or lexical-rhetorical notion (or, in some cases, linguistic function) of a modified clause; (4) a rhetorical or lexical-rhetorical notion through the process of analogy with circumstance three; and (5) a rhetorical notion in conjunction with the process of paraphrasing. Each of these circumstances is analyzed and illustrated by numerous examples. It is advocated that teachers use the analyses and examples when explanations are necessary or when they are solicited by learners. In these cases, explanations can eradicate learners' impressions that preposition usage is illogical and help learners to acquire facility more easily in usage. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Ontario, March 15-20, 1983).