Whys Therefores aids the reader to arrive at generalizations for the shape of the English language: words, grammar, meaning, sound and spelling. The format asopted throughout is that of a light-hearted ongoing Socratic dialogue between a mentor and a pupil. The intended effects of such activity are: awareness of what it means to `know' a language; reliance upon natiave-language intuition; discovery of what one didn't know that one already `knows' about the language; use of ungrammaticality as an investigative tool; healthy questioning of received facts about language; from so-called experts; and usefulness of language paly.
Whys Therefores can be read from start to finish, dipped into at random, expanded upon, even acted out. The language phenomena treated therein are indexed and tabbed to the dialogues where they are discussed, making Why Therefores a valuable source of reference.
Why Therefores is intended as an entertaining yet serious do-it-yourself book about aspects of English language from and meaning. However, it will also prove useful to schools as classroom material to tbe further exploited by the instructor in free-range dialogue from, and to institutions offering teacher training in rational-based instructional procedures for English language education in the schools.
- Literary Criticism, Language + Art + Disciplines
- European / English + Irish + Scottish + Welsh, Linguistics
- December 31, 2010
- December 10, 2011
- William Rutherford