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ERIC Number: ED145421
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Oct-15
Pages: 153
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Future Language.
Berne, Stanley
The central thesis of this book is that the laws of traditional "command grammar" are an obstruction to expression and are too difficult for a majority of people to master, as demonstrated by a progressive deterioration in general literacy skills. The book contends that the structure of the sentence is at the source of the present difficulties. It traces the history of the sentence from its codification in the eighteenth century to its present function of "censoring the unconscious" and "preserving a deposed and weakened respectability feeding on the past." The book proposes the adoption of an alternate language system, a grammarless language termed "Open Structure," which is based on contemporary usage. "Open Structure" is described as part of a movement, begun at the turn of this century, to seek out, in English, patterns of writing, thinking, and expression that are close to the patterns of unrestricted organic thought. The book includes an appendix of samples of the grammarless language and a selected bibliography of the author's works. (GW)
Horizon Press, 156 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York 10010 ($4.95 paper)
Publication Type: Books
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