ERIC Number: ED027317
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Unit 702: Changes in the Meanings of Words, I.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Curriculum Development in English.
In this seventh-grade language unit, the study of semantics is introduced by an examination of the relationships between words and their referents, particularly in terms of changes of meaning and degrees of abstraction. Classroom activities are suggested to help students become aware of "language liveliness" and the processes of specialization and generalization: e.g., mapmaking, designing abstraction ladders and Venn diagrams, playing competitive games, comparing words from Samuel Johnson's "Dictionary" with present-day usage, and studying "The Most Dangerous Game" for changes in the words "hunt" and "animal." The writings of S. I. Hayakawa, Neil and Simon Postman, Jonathan Swift, and others are used to emphasize that changes and variations in word meanings are both natural and inevitable. Supplementary activities for able students, worksheets, and a bibliography on semantics are also included. (JB)
Descriptors: Abstract Reasoning, Curriculum Guides, Diachronic Linguistics, English Curriculum, English Instruction, Expressive Language, Grade 7, Instructional Materials, Language, Language Usage, North American English, Secondary Education, Semantics, Standard Spoken Usage, Teaching Methods, Verbal Communication
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Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Curriculum Development in English.