Whys and Therefores : A Rational Look at the English Language Paperback / softback
A recording of all of the dialogues will be available on the internet 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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 280 pages, 11 figures
- Publisher: Equinox Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/11/2011
- Category: Language teaching & learning material & coursework
- ISBN: 9781845536510
- Hardback from £31.79