ERIC Number: ED027322
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1968
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Unit 803: Structures of Time, Mode, Manner, and Causality. Unite 804: Structures of Specification, Place, and Number.
Minnesota Univ., Minneapolis. Center for Curriculum Development in English.
These two units of the Minnesota Project English curriculum employ transformational grammar in an attempt to make eighth-grade students aware of fundamental facts about their language. Concepts taught in the first unit are (1) that an infinite number of English sentences exists, (2) that a few basic transformations are the basis for a large number of changes in sentence form, (3) that the English auxiliary verb determines many tenses and moods, and (4) that modification of the verb phrase is usually accomplished by an adverb of manner. In addition, drills are designed to give the student insights into computer programming and, possibly, into the human thought process. Concepts emphasized in the second unit are (1) that the extension of reference of nouns is affected by the determiner as well as by the semantic content of the noun itself, (2) that the transformational rules applicable to subject-verb agreement are similar to those that operate in the formation of the passive, (3) that the transformational rules may differ from dialect to dialect, and (4) that the phonological rules governing number are related primarily to the subject of the sentence while those governing intonation pertain to the entire sentence. Both units include sample lectures, discussion questions, numerous worksheets with answers, and unit tests. (JS)
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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.