ERIC Number: ED073457
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Publication Date: 1972
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English Grammars and English Grammar.
Allen, Robert L.
This book presents an overview of the history of the English language and of English grammars; describes and evaluates traditional grammar, transformational-generative grammar, tagmemic grammar, and stratificational grammar; and proposes sector analysis as a practical way of describing both the structure of English and the native speaker's intuitions about it. Based on the conviction that existing grammars have little or no effect upon students' writing and critical reading abilities, and that they also frequently fail to accurately describe facts of English grammar, the book suggests as an alternative a new grammar, sector analysis, designed to facilitate the teaching of English to native speakers, even in the lower grades. Sector analysis gives primary emphasis to the larger syntactic elements of sentences rather than to individual words. It also emphasizes the positions (sectors) in which the units that make up a sentence occur. (DD)
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, English, Generative Grammar, Grammar, Structural Grammar, Tagmemic Analysis, Traditional Grammar, Transformational Generative Grammar
Charles Scribners Sons, 597 Fifth Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10017 ($8.95)
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