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ERIC Number: ED361718
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Pages: 12
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Exploiting the Theme Vault: Or, Learning from Everybody's Mistakes.
Dumas, Bethany K.
Many English handbooks and "grammars" fail to offer sound advice to writers about matters of exactness in diction and precision in sentence structure. A gap between linguists and English teachers, the literary bias of most graduate departments of English, and a national obsession with the all-powerful capabilities of common sense, have allowed a fundamentally anti-intellectual situation to develop. Notions of exactness in diction--an important matter of semantics--tend to be articulated in vague terms in recent editions of popular handbooks and writing guides. Few handbooks recognize the fact that stylistic and/or semantic difficulties are bound up with syntactic difficulties. They also fail to discuss what appears to be the incorrect use of connectives that represent, in reality, failure to use the sentence rather than the clause as a unit of composition. What appears to be a structural problem (that of inappropriate yoking of clause information) is often also a semantic problem. Clearly, this type of linguistic analysis offers insights that are germane to the teaching of composition. (NH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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