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ERIC Number: ED130314
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 19
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Existential Grammar for Composition.
Merchant, Frank
The teaching of grammar has been in sad decline since medieval times, when it included the whole skill of creating in language. Our textbook community has moved through a series of ineffective fashions, from those of Fries to post-Chomsky. All have presumed to replace prescriptive rules with realistic explanations. But all have fallen, like the worst of traditional grammar, into abstraction. Instead of adhering to pedagogical and theoretical faddism, the teacher of composition needs to formulate practical standards for the effective expression of our language. The use of the language is best studied in, and through, writing. A practical study of grammatical practice needs to be both historical and literary. In stylistics or rhetoric, the larger grammar needs to be existential: not a system in itself but an aid to making judgments about expressive, often traditionally ordered, variables. (Author/JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Kentucky Interdisciplinary Conference on Linguistics (Richmond, Kentucky, April 1976)