ERIC Number: ED103912
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Some Insights from Linguistics for the Teaching of Literature.
Allen, Virginia F.
Linguistics and literature are sometimes perceived as competing disciplines, perhaps even hostile ones. Hence, university courses in linguistics are often shunned by teachers fond of literature. Yet insights derived from an objective study of language can help teachers clear the way to students' understanding and enjoyment of literature. Passages from literature and other advanced reading materials are considered from the classroom teacher's point of view. The paper suggests how teachers can make use of certain concepts familiar to linguists (e.g., function words and content words as related to sentence rhythm; the effects of typography upon students' perception of sentence parts; the concepts of deletion and recoverability). Special attention is directed to problems of reading comprehension which result from a writer's rhetorical ventriloguism. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the 1975 TESOL Conference