ERIC Number: ED025768
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Publication Date: 1968-Dec
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Determining with the Definite Article.
Language Learning, v18 n3-4 p211-25 Dec 1968
A pragmatic approach to the problem of teaching the uses of the definite article in English to students of English as a foreign language is presented. The discussion deals with--(1) the situational context as a determining factor for the definite article; (2) the role of the linguistic context; (3) the determining role of restrictive phrases and clauses in constructions with the definite article and the contrastive nature of similar constructions with the indefinite article; (4) apparently exceptional cases such as noun-less noun phrases, unique and generic noun phrases; (5) a text examined in the light of the preceding discussion; (6) some practical suggestions for teaching the definite article; and (7) some implications of analysis in terms of deep and surface structures for teaching English as a second language. (AMM)
Descriptors: Deep Structure, Determiners (Languages), English (Second Language), Grammar, Language Instruction, Structural Analysis, Surface Structure, Teaching Methods
Language Learning, North University Building, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 ($3.00).
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