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Thesis - Open Access

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Master of Arts (MA)

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Today the teacher is confronted with three approaches to the teaching of grammar, all of which contain useful concepts; it is the major contention of this study that the best of each of these approaches may be the desired choice. It is the intention of this paper to propose a multiphasal grammar and to show that such a grammar seems to be the ultimate direction for the teaching of the English language. This multiphasal grammar will combine the best of the three approaches: the most useful and logical elements of traditional nomenclature; the structuralists' emphasis on the sound of language, based on the three mechanisms of intonation: pitch, stress, and juncture, as well as their attitude toward uniform correctness; and the transformational approach to syntax. This author believes that a multiphasal grammar will be more teachable, more efficient, and better received in the public school than the grammar, basically traditional, that is being taught today. For decades, the word grammar has had a distasteful connotation. Teachers as well as students find the study of grammar boring and generally unproductive through no fault of the subject matter; rather the fault lies in antiquated and basically inadequate techniques and approaches. (See more in text)

Library of Congress Subject Headings

English language -- Grammar -- Study and teaching



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South Dakota State University