ERIC Number: ED198536
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: N/A
Never Mind the Trees: What an English Teacher Really Needs to Know about Linguistics. Occasional Paper No. 2.
Elgin, Suzette Haden
There are several things that English teachers at all educational levels need to know about linguistics. They must know, for example, that the terms "grammar,""dialect," and "register" have special meanings for the linguist. In addition, they must know the following: (1) regardless of language, a normal child will begin to speak at about 18 months and will have the grammar of the language mastered by about five and one half years; (2) all languages have noun-like and verb-like elements and there is no language that lacks the mechanisms of grammar; (3) a knowledge of linguistics provides a description of how English grammar works; (4) scientific techniques can be used to analyze a body of linguistic behaviors; (5) the history of the English language can provide answers to questions about language usage; (6) reading works perceptually and cognitively; (7) by the age of six years, children are equipped to perform inductive analysis of language; (8) language can be used to manipulate people; (9) linguistics is the most basic of all subjects; and (10) teachers should turn to linguists when they have a language problem in their classrooms. (FL)
Descriptors: Diachronic Linguistics, Dialects, Elementary Secondary Education, Grammar, Higher Education, Language Acquisition, Language Styles, Language Usage, Language Variation, Linguistic Theory, Linguistics, Teacher Responsibility, Teacher Role
Publications Department, Bay Area Writing Project, 5635 Tolman Hall, University of California, Berkeley, CA 94720 ($2.00 postage and handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.; Carnegie Corp. of New York, NY.
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. School of Education.