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ERIC Number: ED053111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1962-Nov
Pages: 5
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Historical Linguistics and the Teacher of English.
Baugh, Albert C.
College English, v24 n2 p106-110 Nov 1962
The value for teachers of an introductory course in the historical development of the English language is justified. The teacher's ability to read understandingly and enrich the student's understanding of what he reads presupposes some knowledge of the political and social history which constituted the background against which are read the great works of literature. Words reveal the changes in the manners, the customs, the thoughts and attitudes, the very life of man, as they have taken place over the course of time. What the teacher of English should realize and make full use of in the classroom is that some of the rules of grammar that run counter to the student's habits and instincts rest not upon linguistic but upon social sanctions. In sum, the value of historical linguistics to the teacher of English falls under three heads: as an element in his or her cultural equipment, as a tool in the understanding and interpretation of earlier literature, and as the basis for sound judgment in matters concerning the language today. (CK)
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