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Language, Literacy, and Technology

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Title: Whys & Therefores
Subtitle: A Rational look at the English Language
Written By: William F. Rutherford
Description:

"Whys & Therefores" aids the reader to arrive at generalizations for the shape
of the English language: words, grammar, meaning, sound and spelling. The
format adopted 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 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; and
usefulness of language play.

"Whys & Therefores" can be read as a book, 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
"Whys & Therefores" a valuable source of reference.

"Whys & Therefores" is intended as an entertaining yet serious do-it-yourself
book about aspects of English language form and meaning. However, it will
also prove useful to schools as classroom material to be further exploited by
the instructor in free-range dialogue form, and to institutions offering teacher
training in rational-based instructional procedures for English language
education in the schools.

A recording of all of the dialogues will be available on the internet.

Publication Year: 2011
Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
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Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Subject Language(s): English
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Versions:
Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9781908049902
Pages: 288
Prices: U.K. £ 55

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781845536510
Pages: 288
Prices: U.K. £ 16.99