[lit-ideas] Re: Calling all linguists/grammarians

  • From: "Walter C. Okshevsky" <wokshevs@xxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx, Julie Krueger <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 5 Oct 2013 16:32:05 -0230

Dear Julie,

Alas, I can't help you. I got problems enuff getting undergrad and grad
in Philosophy, and grad students in Education, to understands and abides by the
Catigorical Impurative. As such, I can't also be pedagawgically concerned with
instruction in rules of grammar (or speling). Shirley competencies in grammar
and speling bear no connection to moral virchoo or to rekwisite abilities and
dispositions for citizenship in a pluralist democracy.

Cheers, Walter

Quoting Julie Krueger <juliereneb@xxxxxxxxx>:

> I'm tutoring a high school kid in Honor's English.  I thought I had a
> pretty solid grammar foundation -- I used to diagram sentences for fun, and
> I've studied French, Spanish, Greek, Hebrew, and Latin.  However.  The
> class seems to be making distinctions among predicate nominatives, subject
> complements, and appositives which are bewildering, especially since much
> of the material out there uses "predicate nominative" and "subject
> complement" interchangeably, and the sources that do not distinguish them
> differently from one another.  Her text is close to worthless because the
> teacher does not hew closely to it.  There seems to be a fair amount of
> latitude in grammar terminology these days amongst sources and teachers.
>  Googling only confuses the issues because every "solid" website I can find
> either interchanges the terms synonymously, or distinguishes the terms from
> one another differently from the last website.
> I'm going to ask the student if there's any way she can record the classes,
> but I'm looking at listening to hours of classroom explication if she's
> able to do so!
> Any and all thoughts, ideas, directions, observations, corrections, are
> appreciated!
> Julie Campbell
> Julie's Music & Language Studio
> 1215 W. Worley
> Columbia, MO  65203
> 573-881-6889
> https://juliesmusicandlanguagestudio.musicteachershelper.com/
> http://www.facebook.com/JuliesMusicLanguageStudio

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