Whys and Therefores A Rational Look at the English Language

ISBN-10: 1845536517
ISBN-13: 9781845536510
Edition: 2010
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Description: The purpose of Why & Therefores: A Rational Look at the English Language is to engage the readers in the various turns that rational inquiry may take in leading them to arrive on their own at generalizations for the shape of the English language:  More...

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List price: $16.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Limited
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 269
Size: 7.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.232
Language: English

The purpose of Why & Therefores: A Rational Look at the English Language is to engage the readers in the various turns that rational inquiry may take in leading them to arrive on their own at generalizations for the shape of the English language: words, grammar, meaning, sound/spelling. The format adopted throughout is that of a witty ongoing Socratic dialogue between a "Mentor" and a "Pupil". The intended effects of such activity are, in essence: - Awareness of what it means to "know" a language - Encouragement of reliance upon native-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 - Usefulness of language "play" Whys & Therefores is designed to serve three different kinds of user: For the general public, as an entertaining yet serious do-it-yourself book about aspects of English language form and meaning adducible via rational inquiry; For educational institutions offering teacher training in rational-based instructional procedures for English language education in the schools; For the schools (e.g. higher K-12), as classroom material to be further exploited by the teacher/instructor in free-range dialogue form. The work can be read as a book, listened to on an accompanying CD, dipped into at random, expanded upon, even acted out. It may also serve as a reference source for all the language phenomena treated therein, since they are indexed and tabbed to the dialogues where they were discussed. Accompanied by a CD containing a recording of all of the dialogues

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